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Rhonda Barrett

Artist’s Bio

Rhonda is a self-taught artist whose experimentation with mediums has brought her to paper collage and the joy that can be found in little bits of paper glued to canvas. Her pieces are created from newspaper as it has been printed; there is no dying or painting of the paper. This method was chosen in an attempt to reuse that which has already been created.

Being heavily trained in dance, yoga and physical fitness also influences her work as she accompanies her work through expressive pieces in which her own body is used to create art. Rhonda was a founding member of Illusion Studio in St. John’s, Newfoundland which promoted many types of art creation and hosted numerous exhibits and events. Years later Rhonda believes that the fine arts are simply one way to express oneself, and is focused on using dance, music, poetry, visual art and other types of media to support her work in a dynamic display of  expression.

Art can be used to heal and allow our inner voice to be heard. In this respect, Rhonda supports the idea that art can be used as therapy and/or meditation, whether that be a physical release or the focusing of energy. It is her belief that art can create a peaceful state and an acceptance of oneself and others.


Artist Statement

I am heavily influenced by my yoga practice in which I am constantly shown how small and infinite the blessings and causes for wonderment are in this world. When I create a piece from little bits of paper, each piece is a small part of a greater whole, but alone is also fascinating. When I dance, each breath carries an emotion or essence which can be appreciated, but is meant to support the overall piece. When I write poetry each word is chosen to evoke a very specific feeling. I create art knowing that each small aspect helps to represent my whole idea, and therefore, I try to remain focused and immersed in the process. The process is as important to me as the finished piece.