BIO
b. 1973 Dallas, Oregon
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Hayley Barker makes gestural, expressive drawings and oil paintings about visionary and ecstatic experience, informed by site-specific research and her own nature-based feminist spiritual practice. Barker belongs to an inter-generational, feminist spiritual community of women ("women" being broadly inclusive). The energetic and sometimes ecstatic rituals she performs in community and on her own inform all of her creative output, as does her relationship to the history of spiritual imagery in abstract painting.

Her work has appeared in Pacific Northwest venues such as Charles Hartman Fine Art, Disjecta, and the Art Gym and in publications such as New American Painting and The Harvard Divinity Bulletin. Her work was named the best show in Portland of 2014 by Art Ltd. magazine and has been reviewed in Art in America, the Oregonian, Willamette Week, Portland Monthly and Visual Arts Source.

Barker received her B.A. from the University of Oregon (1996) and her M.A. and M.F.A. in Intermedia, from the University of Iowa (2001). This spring she will have solo shows at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles and at Carl & Sloan Contemporary, Portland.She lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats.
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