Kim Barter visited Cuba last year and joined the massive May Day March, involving 2 million people. Her experience inspired this recent body of work entitled “Viva Cuba"
Monoprints, paintings and sculptures are vibrant and expressionist in style.
Sancti spiritus - monoprint
“Despite the apparent loss of the Cuban personal voice, and maybe the loss of freedom as we understand it, it is clear that the spirit of the people is reflected in the way they dress, the way they preserve and value what they have and the way in which resourcefulness and ingenuity work to demonstrate creativity.
The massive and joyful May Day March we shared, the ancient cars, marked and re-marked by recycling and renovation, the colour and animation in crowds and in streetscapes and doorways, were all set against a backdrop of the fabulous Architecture of a much wealthier past. The daily struggle of the people was also set in the marvelous, semi tropical landscape that was a constant reminder of both the beauty and actual fragility of life.
I wanted my work to reflect the struggle, diversity and beauty of Cuban life. I hope that by working with a variety of recycled materials in a three dimensional way, I have created figures that express energy, honesty and integrity. And by using print and text and drawn images, I have wanted something of the complexity and excitement of my own experience to be available to others”. Kim Barter 2009