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Barbara Jo McLaughlin

5401 S. Joseph Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85757, U.S.A.
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Phone: 520-883-6532
Email: artstar3d@earthlink.net

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I observe nature closely and take from it what I want: key elements and referential shapes, forms, textures, movements, and  concepts.  Nature seems grounded in perfection and logic, but upon closer scrutiny its imperfections and illogic pervade. It is these inconsistencies that I enjoy - as if the creator is showing us “the hand of the artist” in its most basic form. 

There is an underlying hum to nature: the hum of life and movement.  It is this beat,  this thrum, this excitement that I try to access and express through my work.  I work intuitively and  spontaneously, endeavouring to capture this elusive force.  The look that I seek has the freshness of a sketch.  I work to music and move to its rhythms and it becomes a part of the sculpture.

The materials that I choose are ordinary and even ugly.  They are not the accepted materials of past sculptors, bronze and marble,  but the natural and industrial materials of today - anything that strikes my fancy.  The idea of choosing a beautiful material that becomes the whole of the sculpture is unacceptable to me. 

Scale is important in my work.  Large scale creates a presence that cannot be denied.

Surfaces are an integral part of my sculptures, rather than a decorative afterthought.  They are natural, textured, irregular and tactile.

Presentation has to include the viewer.  The idea of bases and pedestals that separate  art from the viewer does not interest me; reaching and interacting with the viewer is my goal.  Large-scale pieces on the floor, leaned against a wall, or suspended from the ceiling with tactile surfaces that invite touch become a part of the viewer’s world and provide a link to  universal consciousness. 

I am an explorer and I want to take my viewers with me to a new place.

EDUCATION

  • Post Graduate Study, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • M.A., M.F.A., Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, Major: sculpture
  • Graduate study, Mayan anthropology and archaeology, Copan, Honduras
  • B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Major: sculpture

COMMISSIONS

  • “Stack”, outdoor public sculpture for Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
  • “Pegasus”, pony for Ponies del Pueblo, display, charity auction, Tucson, AZ
  • Sakellar Associates: designed and painted concrete columns, Tucson, AZ
  • Private sculpture and furniture commissions  

COLLECTIONS

 

 

 

 

  • Tucson Airport Authority, Tucson, AZ
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
  • City of Chandler, Chandler, AZ
  • Borg Warner corporate collection, Chicago, IL
  • Rockford Manufacturing Group, Rockford, IL
  • Taylor Freezer, Rockton, IL

AWARDS & HONORS

  • 2005 Nominated for Governor’s Art Award
  • 2000 Purchase Award, City of Chandler, Chandler, AZ
  • 1996 Artists' Fellowship Grant, Tucson Pima Arts Council, Tucson, AZ
  • 1989 Illinois Arts Council grant
  • 1988-89 Full, tuition waiver, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
     

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (*solo shows)

  • 2006 Earthy and Ethereal, 2-person exhibition, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson,  AZ
  • Tucson Collection, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2005 Bare Walls, invitational, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Women, Woman, Mujer, invitational, Raices Taller 222 Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2004  Chambers, 2-person exhibition, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Wood From the Hood: Arizona Wood Artists, West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ 
  • Tucson Collection 2004, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson., AZ
  • 2003  Ready, Set, Dart, invitational, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
  • Bare Walls, invitational, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Women of the Forest, invitational, Z Forest Gallery, Tubac, AZ
  • Tucson Collection 2003, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Iconoclash, invitational, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2002   6x6: Six Women Artists, Chandler Centre for the Arts,Chandler, AZ
  • Ready, Set, Dart, invitational, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
  • Tucson Collection 2002, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2001   Arizona Biennial 2001, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
  • Words/Matter, 3 person exhibition, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Tucson Collection 2001, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Flora, invitational, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2000   Mixed Metaphors, three-person exhibition, Yavapi College, Prescott, AZ
  • Tucson Collection 2000, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Tucson Museum of Art Faculty Exhibition, Temple Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago Auction Fundraiser, Ox Bow, MI
  • 31st Annual National Juried Exhibition, Palm Springs Desert Museum, CA
  • Art on the Square, one-year installation, Chandler, AZ
  • Rings of Time, Arizona Commission on the Arts traveling exhibition
  • 1999   Arizona Biennial '99, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
  • Legs: Elevating the Masses, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Rings of Time: Wooden Visions for the Millennium,West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ
  • The Shape of Things to Come '99, Shemer Art Centre, Phoenix, AZ
  • Art on the Square '99, winner: one-year installation 2 works, Chandler,AZ
  • Tucson Collection ‘99, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 1998   *Foster City Sculpture Competition, one year display, Foster City, CA
  • Facultease II, Mesa Art Centre, Mesa, AZ
  • Tucson Collection '98, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 1997   *Land Forms/Life Forms, Scottsdale Centre for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Three-person show, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 1996  Close to the Border, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
  • Three-person show, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
  • Summertime: Images and Objects of Summer, Tempe Arts Centre,  Tempe,AZ
  • 1995   Strictly Sculpture, Orange County Centre for Cont. Art, Santa Ana, CA
  • Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
  • New Artist Series, three-person show, DavisDominguez Gallery, Tucson,AZ
  • Transformations, 3 person show, Elaine Horwitch Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 1994   Small Works Show, Elaine Horwitch Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Sedona Sculpture Walk, group invitational, Sedona, AZ
  • 1993   *Where the Buoys Are, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, S. Bend, IN 
  • *Bobber Series, Rosewood Art Centre, Kettering, OH
  • *Where the Buoys Are, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL
  • *The Bobber Show, Gallery 451, Rockford, IL
  • Norris Invitational, Norris Cultural Centre, St. Charles, IL
  • 36th Annual Beloit & Vicinity Exhibition, Wright Art Centre, Beloit, WI: Award
  • 1992 Midwestern Sculpture Competition, South Bend Regional Museum, S.  Bend, IN
  • 63rd Rockford & Vicinity Exhibition, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL