Flatfile Collection

Artist Statement

The Woven Water pieces combine a digital photography printed on one piece of rice paper with monotypes on another piece of rice paper. After being infused with encaustic wax medium, the paper is cut into strips and plaited together with various weaving patterns. The finished piece is ironed to re-melt the wax and fuse the two pieces together. These pieces are part of an ongoing series exploring water, pattern, meditative mark making, and the liminal space where digital meets handwork.

Barbara Hocker is a Connecticut native with extensive experience creating and exhibiting work including shows and projects in Hartford, New Haven, Newport, and Boston. She has work in several corporate and private collections, including the permanent collection of The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan and White Plains Hospital. Barbara received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Greater Hartford Arts Council in 2008, a Creation of New Work Initiative Grant from the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, Inc in 2012, and an Artist Resource Trust Fellowship in 2017. She holds a degree from Syracuse University’s College of Visual & Performing Arts and attended Cranbrook Academy of Arts. Barbara lives in Bolton, CT and maintains a studio in the Arbor Arts Center in Hartford. She has been practicing Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Zen Yoga for over 25 years.