Filippa Barkman Does Hair… Grotesquely.

When I look at artwork by artist Filippa Barkman, there’s just about one thing I see. That thing is hair — mounds and mounds of it.

Whether by way of conjoined twin wolves melting into a mass or a hollow-eyed ghost of a girl, pieces
from Barkman’s latest series, In Limbo, draw a viewer immediately to flowing locks of hair which begin and end with no clear source — so much so that even when the hair is surrounded by a complete picture, the other details seem to be relatively unimportant. By flowing into one another, the shining, finely-rendered locks serve as structural guidelines for animals and humans to transmute into grotesque formations that seem impossible, but might actually not be.

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Vivian Hua 華婷婷

Vivian Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. Vivian regularly shares human-centered stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2021, they will begin production on a BIPOC metaphysical comedy film entitled RECKLESS SPIRITS. They are passionate about cultural spaces, sustainable practices, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. YEAH!

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