Del Kathryn Barton is an Artist

 Image by Del Kathryn Barton

Image by Del Kathryn Barton

 
 

‘In [Barton’s] paintings, young figures stand surrounded by animals, birds and flowers with long, phallic stamens; multi-breasted women suckle rabbits in iconographic poses; and landscapes sprout vulvas and seemingly animate trees and vines. The result is a hallucinogenic chaos, where sexual energy not only drives creation, but blurs the boundaries between child and adult, landscape and figure, gender and sex. It’s hard, looking at one of her works, not to imagine their creator as some kind of tantric-voodoo earth-mother priestess.

Right now, though, she’s (very humanly) fussing around making sure that there’s enough for lunch, and bemoaning the fact that she’s never had air conditioning installed in the lounge (it would be practical, but ugly). Our conversation is punctuated by trips to the freezer for more ice, and shared turns in front of a small fan. After half an hour of chatting over sandwiches, I finally remember to turn my dictaphone on.’

Read an interview with Del Kathryn Barton, published in Dumbo Feather, here.