Kim Barter is a painter /printmaker living on a small farm on the outskirts of Daylesford.
Her work , reflects an Art and Life balance and is about her constant curiosity about everything. Kim Barter loves the idea of ‘not knowing’ as in living a curious search. The idea that there are endless questions and options of thought, ways to live and be, is exciting. She is constantly fighting what appears to be a global voice of rules!
A sense of humour sometimes appears in Kim’s work, which at times gives her comfort in this difficult and troubled world.
Kim Barter values the raw spontaneous form of mark making and materials, and loves to paint with her hands. She also loves being in the landscape, and painting/drawing en plein air. Nature never ceases to impress and this body of work is about giving it a voice.
Bush Rangers Series
"The power and beauty of the natural world we all inhabit ,as well as the human condition fascinates me."
A drawing in of Landscape
“I do my best work when I have the mental and emotional space to actually ‘be’ there. To be really present. Working in the bush, in deserts, by the sea and in the mountains, I can concentrate on what is central in the moment.
The environment is something I slowly begin to see in its completeness and majesty as well as in details, shapes, silhouettes, it’s patterns and rhythms. The contrasts and changes of mood between morning and evening light. Smells carried by winds, tracks and markings show endless significant journeys, vapour trails in skies. I fill sketchbooks with my observations.
It is a consciousness that busy lives are often forced to or choose to ignore and that makes my experience very precious to me because I am able to be where I want to be. So my work is an attempt to share my feelings and observations with others. It is an attempt to honour my own experience.
My books ‘invite’ the viewer into the landscape of my mind and into the environment. The larger paper works, (or large pages) attempt to express the context of the books in a living way. They are to honour the magnitude of the natural world. They are to excite and create visual interest and experience.”