Barbara Cole’s underwater photography art of rising, shimmering figures against the enigmatic backdrop of the ocean is much like many of her other works: fantastical and elegant. This artistic photography resembles so much oil paintings while portraying human art.
They open up a dialogue on mental health but also help to make those who are suffering silently aware that there are resources accessible to them.
“My work not only echoes my own struggles and personal and artistic achievements, but it also speaks to all women who rise up, take back power and lead the way,” she says about her photography art.
Barbara recalls the early 1960s, and the decades afterward, when there was a huge stigma surrounding mental health issues and even fine art photography wouldn’t portray it. And that is why she is so dedicated to portraying her illness through photography art, maybe others will feel more understood and won’t feel as lonely as she did.
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With the help of her photography art, the artist says that she has learned that even in its darkest days, life isn’t hopeless, no matter how much one might feel that it is. There are always ways to find resilience and personal strength. Her story is an ongoing testament to that, and she loves to put her thoughts and feelings through her figurative art.
Surfacing by Barbara Cole is currently on show at Montreal’s Galerie LeRoyer. It will then move to Los Angeles’s Art Angels art gallery. Her photography art is really outstanding and leaves I Lobo You extremely confused about the fact that it is not oil paintings.
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