Daily Featured Artwork: Josephine Barreiro’s “El Toro”
Event Date and Time: May 28, 2020 3:00 pm
Acrylic, spray paint, oil stick on canvas
82″ x 66″
“Art has taken me on a journey through my cultural memories and life experiences fueled by emotion and the passion for my craft. My large color canvases show the influence of my Spanish heritage as well as early 20th century Spanish painters, street art and abstract expressionism. My smaller black and white works refer directly to the emotions we all feel and often portray our socio-political situations expressed through gestural figures or the animals who share our predicament. Animal characteristics serve as metaphors to exemplify pain, love, sorrow, joy, anxiety and anger. My goal is to present images illustrating the human condition and its complexity.
My process is ritualistic. By creating works of art, I achieve a meditative state. My sense of time is suspended while my focus allows me to transport myself to earlier times when my life was more simple. Whether I’m working with color or creating monochrome collage pieces, I look forward to the visceral experience of painting by building the surface layers to illustrate real and imagined situations. The act of painting is an avenue delivering my ideas from my center to a tangible surface.”
This piece is from our 2015 exhibition “Thinking in Spanish.”