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BarbaraRae Schaefer
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Cobble Hill

Media:Painting;


ARTIST STATEMENT: Conceptually, my work explores the essence of life, time and space greatly influenced by the discoveries of modern science and mathematics. As inner and outer worlds are made visible through microscopes and telescopes; my paintings and tapestries portray that total universe in constant motion, with motifs endlessly repeating themselves through the secrets of fractal geometric patterns—once deemed to be pure chance. Simultaneously, I have embraced linear scripts inspired by such ancient texts as the Dead Sea Scrolls, written in Aramaic, as well as the Oriental calligraphy of the Chinese Book of Changes [The I Ching]; born of divergent cultures but with similar formulas for living life nobly and repairing a world in conflict—again, making order out of seeming chaos. The third, but perhaps most important component of my work, is its physicality expressed through sheer joy of the materials themselves—oil paint, dry colored pigments, poured alkyd varnish glazes; while taking the viewer on a thought-provoking journey through ideas and emotions.
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ARTIST RESUME:


Cobble Hill, Brooklyn artist and native of Duluth, Minnesota, Barbara Rae Schaefer began her artistic career inspired by the pristine beauty of Lake Superior and the Canadian border landscape: deep blue sky and water, rich green fir trees, pure white snow. After receiving a BFA in painting from the University of Minnesota, she came to New York on a Whitney Museum Fellowship and went on to earn an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, studying with the renowned abstract expressionist painter, George McNeil. She has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad and as an American painter, represented the United States in 1997 and 1999 at the Salomne D’Autumne in Paris, France. Her painting “Voice of a Dead Sea Scroll” was included in the 2001 exhibition “Encountering the Second Commandment” originating at the American Jewish Museum in Pittsburgh, where it now resides in the Museum’s permanent collection. In 2004 her work was shown at the City Hall of Oslo, Norway, site of the Nobel Peace Prize Awards Ceremony, in an exhibition entitled “International Women Artists,” which traveled to Gallery Tondinelli in Rome, Italy, on view during the week of mourning for Pope John Paul II. Barbara Rae Schaefer's paintings have more recently been shown at the Ezair Gallery, NYC, 2008; the Muriel Guepin Gallery in Brooklyn, 2008; The Andrews Art Museum, NC, 2010; and will be featured in the "People's Choice" exhibition at The Pen & Brush Club, NYC, October 2011.
 








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