Minnesota

Mighty Miss Main10,000 Lakes and 1 Mighty Miss  2010

26″ W X 48″ T X 28″ D  Mixed Media, Rescued chair, drift wood, zebra mussel, taconite, Pual Bunyan plate, plaid fabric

In the artwork “10,000 Lakes and 1 Mighty Miss” I employed a methodology I call “recordari”, from the Latin “to remember, call to mind (re-restore and cor, genitive, cordis heart, understood by the ancients as the seat of judgment and memory” I would like to identify “10,000 Lakes and 1 Mighty Miss” and artworks like it, as representing our “lived experience” in visual form. I suggest we are practicing “recordari”. as “10,000 Lakes and 1 Mighty Miss” takes you on a journey which explores and records all the waterways I have visited in Minnesota.

My adventuring was particularly soulful since I am a Maine native and a Franco-American. I have called Minnesota home for 17 years.  Maine claims Paul Bunyan as their native son. Imagine how curious I was to view the Paul Bunyan sculpture residing in Bemidji, where the university I have worked at for a decade is located!

When at my beach home in Maine, I am a daily searcher for treasures brought in by the tide.  I currently live 1500 miles from any ocean but I still go to the water, like the lemming I was born to be : )  I was shocked and delighted to find that the 10,000 lakes and the Mighty Miss also throw their treasures onto their beaches.   I collected.  I sorted.  I made art.  This chair is a record of my relationship with the water in Minnesota.  It is sealed with the boat epoxy I learned to use in Maine as I mended boats.  This chair is indestructible, just the people of Maine and Minnesota.   More Mighty Miss
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Found In Our Waters      May 2014
Bridges, B A A W Exhibition

The Found In Our Water series emerged at the annual NorthEast Minneapolis spring show. Barbara lives in the Northeast Arts  District where over 1000 artists have studios and show their work.  Barbara presented her water quality installation first at a WARM (Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota) critique. Twenty-five mentors and proteges shared their reflections using the Liz Lerman critique model. Barbara’s WARM mentor, Jill Waterhouse, facilitated.  KFAI interview http://kfai.org/news/2014/05/43407
WARM Videos and pictures   Warm Critique Notes

TOTUS1 Treasures of the Inland Sea

 

Appearances: Here you will view authentic voices and pictures taken with cell phones, professional cameras and videographers and uncut videos videos from the NEMAA Art-A-Whirl Event. Please enjoy the dynamic experience and sounds of people at an art show looking, making and learning about our water.
NEMAA, Art-A-Whirl Minneapolis 2014    ArtMaking     Art-A-Whirl Selfies        Visitors      Chair Signing      Pictures   Results of Survey_________________________________________________________________________________________________

TOTIS 1   Mother of all Treasures of The Inland Sea Series

6′ T  X 8 ‘ W Mixed Media, rescued wood, rope, shells, wood,  metal, condoms, plastic, glass

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T 1 res ob 6 main I am an artist who uses fabricated components in a variety of media and rescued power objects to make art for the purpose of provoking discussions and reflection on a wide variety of social topics.  The topic of this series is re-cycle, re-purpose and “pay attention to what you discard in our water!” The different objects were collected  on the beaches of Lake Superior.  According to The Minnesota Department of Health,  you should not eat trout or salmon from Lake Superior more than once a week-pregnant or nursing=NEVER.  The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) reports Lake Superior still needs to be restocked yearly to stabilize fish populations.  Superior is the largest body of fresh water on the PLANET!! More Before

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Bridges, B Totis 1 Main ImageDouble Click to enlarge images

Totis 1 was created from objects connected to Minnesota waters. There is something viscerally satisfying about engineering the discarded objects I find in/on our waterways into a cohesive object which tells a story.  Do my Maine seacoast roots inform my passion?   You decide.

TOTIS 1  Details

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Treasures From The Inland Sea  2 (Totis2) Mixed Media   Rescued objects from Lake Superior , wood, condom, brass, beads, glass  8” X 8” X 8”  2013

Totis 2 has been accepted for exhibition:

The International Sculpture Center Symposium. Dec 2013
Found in Our Water Project –  Art-A-Whirl May. 2014

(Treasures of the Inland Sea) is a tribute and an alert to our beloved Lake Superior as seen from the beach under the lift bridge in Duluth, Minnesota. There is an unusual eddy there which creates some of the most strikingly appealing water sculpted wood I have found anywhere in the world. Lake Superior IS the Inland Sea. One of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, this amazing water has a trout and salmon alert. EPA Report

 

 Wood dump Duluth

 

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Wood Dump  Duluth, Minnesota

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Bridges, B, TOTIS3 (Treasures of the Inland Sea 3)

TOTIS3 (Treasures from The Inland Sea 3) with Tropical Friend

4″ X 4″ X 16″ Rescued Objects, Bronze Patina  2010

Living in Minnesota, I am 1500 miles from the nearest ocean. We Mainers call ourselves the “Salt People.” I found my own sea here on Lake Superior.  This work is honored with a bronze patina to age the wood and shells. It could have been found in Atlantis.  Perhaps it was.
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Bridges, B Totis 4

Totis 4   (Treasures of the Inland Sea)8” W X 12” H X 36” D Mixed media, contaminated trout, lake Superior   wood, brads, beads, metalTotis 4 is a tribute and an alert to our beloved Lake Superior as seen from the beach under the lift bridge in Duluth, Minnesota. There is an unusual eddy there which creates some of the most strikingly appealing water sculpted wood I have found anywhere in the world. Lake Superior IS the Inland Sea. One of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, this amazing water has a trout and salmon alert.It is not recommended you eat these fish from the largest body of freshwater ON THE PLANET. Ponder That!

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Twins man

Twins Man 2014

8″ W X 10″T X 4 ” D  Mixed media, Rescued wood, plastic twins hat found on Lake Superior

How much “hand” must appear in any given art work to meet the base line criteria for  candidacy as a named “art” object.

If nature is the perfect designer, perhaps it i