artist profile: Libby Barbee – CSArt Colorado

“At the root of my artwork lies a fascination with the sometimes poetic, sometimes startling, but always-complicated relationship between nature and culture. Over the years, I have explored this relationship through various media and forms, including layered cut-paper drawings that I call “ecological topographies.” These drawings explore the complicated relationships between indigenous plant and animal species and the human-manipulated environments in which they live. While most of my previous works in this series have been very large in scale and deal chiefly with representations of data, I chose for this project to create a simple portrait of one of Colorado’s most beloved threatened species, the Greenback Cutthroat Trout. Hand-printed images of the fish are revealed through four layers of paper that are intricately perforated with hand-cut water and plant designs.”

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