01 Feb 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.