Invisible Presence features Barbara Sternberger’s continued meditations on color and the experience of presentness. Following a radical shift in her process in 2012, when she began to create her own paints from scratch, the subject of color in Sternberger’s recent works has been liberated from the quantifiable into a tactile, unmediated experience for both artist and viewer. Her handheld blocks of paint have since allowed her to act both additively (creating layers of pigment) and subtractively (scraping large amounts of pigment off of canvas). Sternberger likens this process to breathing, with the flow and energy exchange between artist and canvas evident in her mark making and color handling. This energy exchange has produced her most minimalist works to date, with muted colors adeptly expressing multifaceted qualities of space and points of color.
Barbara Sternberger received her M.F.A. from the University of California at Irvine. She lives in Bellingham, Washington and is a part time lecturer and painting instructor at Western Washington University. Her recent solo exhibitions include Inner Passage at Linda Hodges Gallery (Seattle, 2015), Confluence at Elizabeth Leach Gallery (Portland, 2013), Musing at Elizabeth Leach Gallery (Portland, 2010), and Evidence (2008) at Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions including Curator's Perspective (Whatcom Museum of Art, 2015), Elles (Seattle Art Museum Gallery, 2012), and Show of Hands: Northwest Women Artists 1880 - 2010 (Whatcom Museum of Art, 2010).