Barbara Dierolf is an artist working in color, texture and emotion. She explains that her artistic experience began as a pathway from grief to healing. “I needed to rediscover purpose in my life.” She explores art forms that will bring viewers along on this journey of personal discovery. She will be exhibiting her work at the Orange Town Hall during the months of July and August.
She creates mandala images with colorful dyes, ice, skill and patience. A mandala is a spiritual symbol that represents the universe. It has a central focal point, one or more circles radiating around it and is often used as an aid for meditation. Blending ancient Japanese folding methods with graphic American tie dye techniques, she achieves deeply embedded, multi-faceted mandalas bursting with color, contrast and images that capture the viewer’s imagination. One can stabilize, integrate and re-order inner life through mandalas. The circular form of the mandala challenges Dierolf to push the boundaries of the carefully ordered and perfectly symmetrical, hand drawn mandala into a more abstract, yet still very symmetrical figure. The abstract quality enhances the spiritual nature of the mandala by allowing the viewer’s collective unconscious to seek out the primordial images that reside in our subconscious.
As a portrait artist, she works in both oils and acrylics, but primarily in pencil or graphite. Dierolf likes to depict ordinary people experiencing a moment that shows the more positive side of life. Pencil is her preferred media as it centers the emphasis on the emotion and expression rather than color. Her portraits show human faces expressing emotional exuberance, pleasure, thankfulness, deep determination or cheeky youth; encouraging the viewer to experience and empathize with the subject’s feelings. Her purpose is to instill in the viewer a feeling of well-being or strength from having made a human connection.
Barbara currently is one of three artists in the Nest Show at Wendy Nylen Gallery in Picture This, Westport, CT and has recently been invited to show at the Kerschner Gallery in Fairfield, CT, Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT and the OV Gallery at Oronoque Village, Stratford, CT. She is a resident artist at The Nest Arts Factory, 1720 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT. She is an active member of CT Surface Design Association, Studio Art Quilt Association, and CT Society of Portrait Artists. Barbara continues her study of portraits as a student in the Westport studio of Steven Parton.