Barry's performative films bend time and perceived reality in a laboured process of stop-motion animation that she employs to create them. In the performative film and installation.
In her work "SELF PORTRAIT" she constructs several detailed scenarios of restrained protagonists housed in scaled scenes of domestic confinement, using the materials she had to hand during isolation: Cotton wool, Cardboard, Paint, Plasticine, as Barry herself says, ”The Materials of motherhood, the materials I used to distract my children during the pandemic".
Barry is a modern day Trickster, to quote Lewis Hyde:
"BETTER TO OPERATE WITH DETACHMENT, THEN; BETTER TO HAVE A WAY BUT INFUSE IT WITH A LITTLE HUMOUR; BEST ,TO HAV E NO WAY AT ALL BUT TO HAVE INSTEAD THE WIT CONSTANTLY TO MAKE ONE'S WAY ANEW FROM THE MATERIALS AT HAND”.
Her moving image Self Portrait is a Frankenstein assemblage, composed of looping moving image vignettes: Hands, eyes, mouths, ears, feet. The films are peppered with humour, horror and the bizarre. This is a portrait in constructed in a flat video wall which will debut like so many of these new works for this touring show. The considered assembly of this work is based on Barry's observations off the lived experience of ZOOM architecture which she daily had to negotiate during lockdown.