(b. 1966, Esslingen, Germany)

Karin Barr is a New Zealand based artist whose work underlines her interest in working with simple forms showing clear and strong lines. German-born Barr qualified and worked as a Medical Lab Technologist before she arrived in the Waikato NZ in 1994. In 2003 she had the opportunity to take part in the Matamata Sculpture Symposium and discovered her passion for carving stone. Eager to learn more about other sculptural media Barr enrolled to learn the craft of glass casting using the lost wax method at Art Station in Auckland during 2008-2009.

Since then Karin has attended national and international master classes to extend her knowledge in glassmaking, and her work has been acquired into the Wallace Arts Trust and other national and international private collections.

Barr enjoys using cast glass alongside various materials to create minimalist forms which are inspired by the Bauhaus movement and convey a sense of play. With minimal manipulations, Karin creates abstract figures showing true human qualities. With a knife she carves wax blocks to depict part of varies NZ river flows.

As an artist Barr isn’t afraid of stepping out of her comfort zone she shows a willingness to experiment in an open mind and generous manner and incorporate the perspective of another artist.

Recent Projects include: SHAPE UP, Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ (2020); Interchange, M16 Artspace, Canberra, Australia (2019); Eclectic II, Form Gallery, Christchurch, NZ (2018); Harbourview Sculpture Trail, Te Atatatu, Auckland, NZ (2016); New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass Members Exhibition, The Pah Homestead, Auckland, NZ (2015); The Garden Art Studio, Cambridge, NZ (2015); From Off The Main Road IV, Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ (2015); Fragile Rocks (solo), Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville, NZ (2015); White Night, Parnell, Auckland, NZ (2015); NZ Sculpture OnShore, Auckland, NZ (2014); Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition, Hastings, NZ (2014); NZSAG Member Exhibition, The Pah Homestead, Auckland, NZ (2014); Riversdale Art Exhibition, Otago, NZ (2014); Harbourview Sculpture Trail, Auckland, NZ (2014)

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