Sculpture by the Sea 2016 Bondi ” Surfing Bondi Clouds”
photograph Clyde Yee
While many of the male sculptors walk heavily on the earth and make a strong mark, some of the women sculptors flow almost invisibly above the surface. Barbara Licha has an intriguing Listen time passes, with transparent wire figures floating in the sky.
October 23 2015
Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi 2015, NSW, Australia
“Listen time passes” – Barbara Licha, Waverley Council Mayor’s Prize, Bondi 2015
Addisson Road Centre, Marrickville
Posted on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 in Creative Paddington
Barbara Licha works with varying mediums including painting, printing and sculpture. Polish born, Licha moved to Sydney in the 1980s and graduated with a BA from UNSW Art & Design in 1988 and a graduate diploma in art in 1989. She fondly recalled for me the old big building at Flinders Street and its creative atmosphere, she described the un-renovated collection of buildings that created a unique environment. Licha had just arrived in Australia when she started to study.
UNSW Art & Design introduced her to Sydney’s art scene. The Holdsworth Galleries in Paddington offered Licha her first solo show in 1984 in Australia and she is still appreciative of art dealer Gisella Scheinberg’s push in introducing new artists to Paddington. ‘Paddington was one of the places to be seen, and to have a show’. She recalls ‘walking was the best way to getting know the place, so I did walk a lot. Oxford Street offered, and still offers, various feelings, and smells of the past and present’.
Her practice reflects a contemporary expressionism, wherein she explores the complexity of the human condition. She describes ‘Reality and dreams, past and present, good and bad, anger and love inspire me’. Licha currently is working more with sculptural forms, her three-dimensional sketches in wire examine contemporary existentialism. The works are both harsh and whimsical in the representation of both the physical and emotional states of in human behaviour and contemporary urban living (see works below).
Licha is working to relate her wire sculptural practice with ceramic work for this year’s International Outdoor Ceramics and Sculpture Plenary in Poland, Boleslawiec. Coming up she is part of this year’s Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing from 27 February to 27 March. Also in March her drawings will be part of group exhibition at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.
Licha is represented in several international public and private art collections, including the National Library of Australia, the NGA and the Academy of Fine Art, Poland.
This post is part of the Art Month Event Creative Paddington taking place on March 7th in conjunction with Metro Screen and UNSW Art & Design.
Posted September 20, 2014 by Georgia Fullerton & filed under Arts & Entertainment, Events, Exhibitions.
Rookwood, Australia’s oldest cemetery, will play host to a unique outdoor sculptural exhibition. Hidden, established in 2009, showcases work from 40 selected artists, transforming parts of the iconic cemetery.
The exhibition hopes to challenge the perception of cemeteries being morbid, while highlighting the cultural diversity Rookwood is renowned for. Sydney-based Barbara Licha will have her wire sculptures on display: “My work explores what it means to be a human being through the use of wire to show different expressions, daily activities, and interests that portray movement and behaviour,” she says, “Human behaviour is something that I always like to portray in my scultpures.”
The Polish-born artist has practised for 25 years in Australia: “I’ve had my work appear in Sculpture by the Sea and other outdoor exhibitions. I heard about Hidden a long time ago but never had the time to apply, this year I did, and luckily I got chosen.”
Licha says: “A cemetery is a very special place, it makes you think about the relationship between life and death and also about the past and present, which my work reflects on as well. It’s a very symbolic place to hold something like this, it will definitely add a lot to the cemetery.” (GF)
New York University Press, USA, “Transforming Citizenship” by Isaak West cover image “Configuration”
“Inspiring Artists” – recipients of the Pat Corrigan Artists’ Grant
Exhibition at Maitland Regional Art Gallery – 9 November 2012 to 17 February 2013
Barbara is one of 55 finalists of Portia Geach Memorial Award Prize with her submission titled “Secret”.
The judges for this event were John Beard, Artist
Lindy Lee, Senior Lecturer, Sydney College of the Arts
Jane Watters, Director, S.H. Ervin Gallery
This prize event is exhibited at the S.H. Ervin Gallery from
“My sculpture explores the individual in the complexity of today’s life. I want people to rethink or reconsider how we respond to our every day emotions, towards our environment and each other”. Barbara Licha Willoughby “Urbanised”
2010 Blake Prize Director’s Cut – “The Fallen Angels”
“They are a most interesting portrayal of the human condition, as the individual struggles (against the odds) to negotiate the labyrinthine skeins of personal existence.” Peter Pinson, 4 September 2010
BARBARA LICHA: ‘PASSAGE’
20 AUGUST – 3 SEPTEMBER 12 – 6pm
Opening Friday 20th August 6 – 8pm
UP SPACE, Building 24, 2 Addison Road, Marrickville NSW 2204
“We are often in a passage stage. It is not always easeful, but it is definitely a time of creation. It advances us somehow, farther.” Licha 2010
Polish born artist Barbara Licha’s recent sculptures explore the physical and emotional space of our contemporary urban environment. Here is a world where human emotion meets the exaggeration of our imaginations, the human condition magnified by dreams that linger and our memory of the past.
passage is moving through, a transition from two dimensional explorations of colour and form to the three dimensional wire drawings that extent into space
passage is moving through, from the emotive human visage to the expressive dance of the body in motion
passage is moving through, the confines of our cubic dwelling and working environments progressing into our unique individual space.
After a trip to the Kimberley in North Western Australia, Licha was exposed to the Bradshaw Rock figures and was moved by the elegant simplicity of these human forms. Paint no longer worked for Licha in trying to capture the contemporary figure engaged in conversation; she discovered that galvanised wire was a more accurate medium for her expression.
Licha settled in Australia in 1982 after 12 months living in Italy. Since completing a degree in visual arts in Poland and furthermore in Sydney, Licha has exhibited consistently with commercial galleries and regularly selected for major art prizes nationally. She is also represented in several international public and private art collections.
“Sometimes it surprises me to see what is happening, but I’m very happy that I can mix reality with dreams, past with present, knowledge about visual structure together with experiments in looking for my own structure.”
Kathie Najar 2010
“This project was supported by a grant from the New South Wales Government – Arts NSW, through a program administered by National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).”
CRUCIFIXION BY BARBARA LICHA
“The actual imagery itself deals with dualities – the meeting of different states of mind and the phisical presence.Early in the 20th century there was a popular preoccupation among visual artists with theosophy, where it was argued that thinks existed in both physical and spiritual states”
(Sasha Grishin, The Canberra Times, 2004)
“Licha’s expressive figures reach out with elongated limbs… these works are about the necessity of touch, of connections between individuals.”
(Lynette Fern, Sydney Morning Herald, 1991)
“..distinctive style of energetic figurative expressionism, employing bold colours and monumental forms to convey dreamlike, unconscious aspects of the human psyche. Her figures float across the canvas, often truncated or reduced to their most generic forms; acting like universal archetypes they reflect a range of emotive states. Accompanying the paintings is a suite of delicate wire mesh and lead sculptural reliefs; these ephemeral figures counterbalance the solid mass of their painterly counterparts.”
(Victoria Hynes, 2002 The Sydney Morning Herald, May 2002)
“Barbara Licha’s wax Voodoo Doll is a spooky bit of fun. One arm of this wall-mounted figure encircles a small box holding a pin – the spell is yet to be unleashed”
(Anne Loxley, Sydney Morning Herald, Sculpture 2003)
“Licha’s figurative paintings are reminiscent of dream states where physical and imaginal experiences, emotional and symbolic realities are fluidly expressed in poignant, multi-layered visual stattements.
…..evocative images of simultaneous realities, which their emphases on exaggerated human gesture, line, space and stylised form……”
*Excerpts from “New Visions New Perspective” , Anna Voight, Craftsman House, 1998 p 163-167