Barbara Eskin


My paintings are visual expressions of personal or collective experiences.

Most of my work is abstract. I usually work fast, trying to keep the process largely intuitive. Ambiguities and “unfinished”, undefined elements are there to be relished and to invite the viewer to engage in an equally intuitive process of seeing.


For a number of years, I have been dealing with nets, perhaps because they seem to be emblematic of the many problems our modern world is facing. Nets are useful objects, freighted with symbolic meaning. When I first found a piece of fish netting last year it suggested entrapment—the essence of the human condition, it seemed to me. That net, and many others, became printing tools. The ink (or paint)-drenched imprint of netting suggests a powerful reality. Using the structure it provides I may react against it, erase it, paint over it, create negative or positive spaces, layers–or I may treat it as an entity in its own right. Lately, I have taken a further step and produced collages of net painting cut outs.


Throughout all these transformations, the netting still represents the human condition, I believe. What has changed is the artist’s perspective.