The Art of Listening
The Printmaking Studio
June to September 2022
With a diverse and exploratory art practice, Geri Barr’s works are inspired by the shared human experience and a deep interest in language and words. Experiences living in London, LA and Boston, have given Geri crucial perspective of home only gained from living away.
In her recent body of work, ‘The Art of Listening’, Geri explores concepts relating to home and the experience and power of listening to the landscape both physically and culturally. By employing a range of mediums and techniques, including drawing, photography, textiles, and installation, she is able to fully explore these themes.
Having completed the ‘Down South’ region of the project from her Melbourne studio, Geri is working with gum species endemic to the Top End during her residency at Tactile Arts. Listening to and developing an understanding of the traditional owners wherever dye material is gathered is a key element of this body of work. While in Darwin on Larrakia Country, Geri has sought permission from the traditional owners to collect eucalyptus dye material.
In 2023, she will continue to add to the project, researching and creating in the west and east of Australia, with the ultimate goal of bringing it together in the Red Centre in celebration of ‘The Art of Listening’.
Born 1961, Ballarat, Victoria. Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.