SkinOnSkin presents primarily watercolor paintings by Barbara Herzfeld in her first exhibition with Carter Burden Gallery. The pieces depict Sumo Wrestlers in surreal color and pattern in the midst of action, a slew of motion and energy. Their grand almost naked, save for a Mawashi, bodies are an amalgam of beauty and aggression. Herzfeld describes, “I loved the skin on skin closeness of these large nearly naked opponents captured in what might also be perceived as an embrace with facial expressions that could be either amorous or fierce.” This contrast of intimacy and aggression in the figures is also exemplified in the smaller acrylic pieces featured in the exhibition with depictions of the wrestlers affectionately curled up with or leaning on large animals.
Barbara Herzfeld is a watercolor artist who attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri where she received a BFA. She was a textile designer for twenty years during which time she developed her color sense and facility with a brush. In recent years she has worked in education and now teaches art to a range of young students. Herzfeld has been in solo and group shows at Brandeis University, Harvard University, and Brooklyn and Manhattan galleries. She was a finalist for a grant from The Massachusetts Council On The Arts.