Framed on Fifth
Barbara Blakey O’Brien
January 31 - March 4
Opening Reception February 1, 6:00 PM
In the desert, alien creatures and strange scrabbly flora spring defiantly from the dead earth: unapologetic, fearless and slowly growing. Waves of sand blow through the ages, shaping the terrain. The desert suggests isolation and loneliness with its dark nights and starry skies; the ensuing atmosphere of calm opens channels for spiritual communion and peace. Accordingly, the desert is a place where we as humans go to find our shadows and to explore our inner selves. The stark scenery serves as a reminder about the possibilities of life springing forth; amid sand, dust and stone. These images play with movement, emotion, colour, shape and light in a barren land where life often struggles to find it’s way. Drawn to California’s Mojave Desert and Algodones Sand Dunes, Barbara uses the camera as a translator to invite us in to this world.