Maintaining Balance: Artist spotlight on Dona Barnett

by Liz McKay, Gallery Manager

Editor’s Note: Twice-a-week, leading up to our “111: Small Works Show”, gallery manager Liz McKay will introduce to you one artist being featured in this unique show. If you like this article, come out to opening night of “111: The Small Works Show” on April 21st at Gallery 27.

It is an unfortunate truth that while many artists are environmentally aware and try to reduce their personal impact on our planet’s ecosystem; a lot of the materials we use to create our art are not environmentally friendly. Between the cost of these materials, and trying to mitigate the disposal of the detritus of our work, we as artists strive to find a balance between what is required to create and the potential repercussions of what we leave behind.

As a printmaker, artist Dona Barnett must deal with toxic chemicals in the process of creating her art. This has led her to research and experiment with non-toxic printing methods. Her conscientious efforts to develop less harmful prints go hand in hand with the overall aesthetic of her work.

“My drawing professor once told me that my work is about whispers. I think that’s a helpful description. I want to pull the viewer into my quiet world and share with them my struggle to synthesize incongruous ideas, lately that of grieving loss without losing hope. In my vegetable block print series, my focus has been on the nourishing beauty of food that sustains life. To hope is to live.” ~Dona Barnett