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Review written for Art Africa Magazine by Mary Corrigall

Making peace with too much ‘stuff’ – Review in the September 2017 edition of Art Africa Magazine The word “excess” best describes our contemporary life; our consumerist information driven society. Whether you are rich or poor it seems existence and identity is defined by the products you buy, or aspire to own. The internet, digital…

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Review written for Artthrob by Amie Soudien

Invisible, Intangible, Insensible: Barbara Wildenboer’s ‘The Invisible Gardener’ written for Artthrob by Amie Soudien for Artthrob on 1 June 2017. Barbara Wildenboer’s second exhibition with Everard Read/CIRCA Cape Town, is dedicated to the invisible hand that guides nature, and the human hand that attempts to interpret it. At its heart, The Invisible Gardener is also a celebration…

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Catalogue essay for The Lotus Eaters written by Emily Brady

An Elemental Journey:  Barbara Wildenboer’s The Lotus Eaters Let us alone. Time driveth onward fast, And in a little while our lips are dumb. Let us alone. What is it that will last? [1] Barbara Wildenboer’s ‘The Lotus Eaters’ presents an elemental journey through humanity’s effects on the earth through space and time, expressing ideas about environmental…

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Litnet interview by Lien Botha

Kunsonderhoud vir Litnet met Barbara Wildenboer oor The Lotus Eaters 2014-07-21 Die visuele kunstenaar Barbara Wildenboer se jongste solo-uitstalling was deel van die hoofprogram by die 2014-Vryfees en sal deur die loop van die jaar by verskeie galerye in Suid-Afrika te sien wees. Sy gesels met Lien Botha oor haar kuns. Die titel van jou uitstalling…

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Review written for the Cape Times by Lucinda Jolly

Tracing forced migration from cities Tuesday, May 22, 2012 Around the same time that Barbara Wildenboer’s exhibition Canaries in the Coalmine opened, it was reported that many birds and insect species where moving away from London, unable to cope with the incessant noise generated by human’s in the city. According to ornithologists when a bird’s…

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Catalogue essay written by Juliana Irene Smith

The Warrior: Barbara Wildenboer Once upon a time there was a water nymph with long legs who loved making paper boats by the ponds edge. She could sit there for hours listening to the sounds around her as her hands worked away. She adored how the current would take the little boats this way and…

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Catalogue essay written by Michelle Prévost

The Art of Spinning or the Spinning of Art: Alchemism and Other Survival Strategies To practice seidhr, you need to be able to follow a thread—the thread that is a path through the worlds, winding ever-upward and then back down again along the Tree, spiraling like the double helix of DNA.  You have to be…

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Interview by Carsten Rasch

Notes from the Coalface Barbara Wildenboer interviewed by Carsten Rasch for the Canaries in the Coalmine catalogue Birds have long been recognized as the indicators of environmental change, and are effectively thecanaries in the coalmine when it comes to climate change. The idiom canaries in the coalmine refersto the practice of mineworkers taking cages of singing canaries…

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Review written for the Cape Times by Veronica C. Wilkinson

Subverted text as transformed images Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Artist Barbara Wildenboer wields the scalpels she uses to cut paper with the dexterity of a surgeon. Transforming books ranging from encyclopedias to scientific reference works she has revived discarded volumes that had already been used as research sources for anonymous projects. Secondhand and charity bookshops…

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