The spirals are next seen in "plasticity. the elusive vs. the natural order". They represent the beginning stages of organic matter. The three dimensional microcosms depict the possible total desecration of our earth's resources. Using decomposed matter and plastic materials, the work explores the premise that from the proliferation of "Plastic Pollution", the organic is replaced by the inorganic. Ergo ... a cautionary tale.
"Due to oil and excessive debris on it's surface, I witnessed the Cuyahoga River on fire while living in Cleveland, Ohio in the early 1970's. The pollution was so severe that keeping my windows open was not possible, it was hazardous. Those circumstances still have a profound affect on how I personally choose to live and create. We are in clear danger of going back to similar situations... this should not be an option." - Joyce Barker-Schwartz.
Joyce Barker Schwartz, was born and raised in Philadelphia in 1950. She currently resides and works in Philadelphia half the year, the remaining months in Florida and trekking around the world with her husband. She is inspired by her explorations - "I have made my way through five of the seven continents"
For the last thirty year, Barker-Schwartz has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Her work has been collected extensively in both the private and commercial sectors.
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