ELECTED IN 2004
Lesley Barker's work has always revolved around a sense of place, and the memories of being there.
"It may be the eroded surfaces of an ancient building that fascinate me, or the loneliness of a landscape… or simply walking along the seashore endlessly examining pebbles, shells, racks of seaweed, driftwood. I keep sketchbooks in which I write as much as I draw - and these words sometimes find their way into my finished pieces.
The resulting work is almost invariably constructed in mixed media, usually in collage form. I enjoy the business of sifting, changing, adding, removing - then drawing and painting into the resulting surface.
Somewhere along the way the image changes from what I saw to what I remember, and then to something new which tells its own story."