Freedom and Fences; Leadwoods and Land

My art focus for the last few months has been intense on Flight, Fight, Freedom/Fences and Burnt Offerings.

 “Burnt Offerings” being a theme which I have been exploring for many months, in collaboration with dear Johnson Zuze, as he and I discussed the idea of a co-exhibition called “Burnt Offerings” after realizing the fact of our mutually experienced house fires, losses and re-inventions….

A Phoenix installation from many years ago which i rescued from my house fire, waiting to be re-invented…

Lin Barrie, phoenix burnt….

This below  is one of the burnt wooden bird sculptures which  I rescued from my own house fire, which I gave to Johnson to re-invent…a phoenix rising from the ashes, a ‘burnt offering”… we liked the idea of “re-inventing”, “resurrecting” it…….. much like a phoenix.

Lin, Burnt Bird:

Burnt Bird, a phoenix rising from the ashes….

“Freedom” is so inspiring, a natural progression of thought reflecting my feelings of re-invention, taking flight, to combat boundaries real and perceived….

….to combat the trauma of life, fire, physical and emotional battles and constraints….


is an elusive state


not only by physical boundaries

but by your mind

Lin Barrie

Lin Barrie, Freedom is an elusive state….

Freedom and Fences- a theme personified by the iconic deadwoods that were historically the boundaries for cattle paddocks and dips, during the rise of subsidized cattle ranching which took over vast areas of traditional wildlife areas, and before the replacement of these very posts to again make way for wildlife….. boundaries and land use, flux and flow, freedom and restraint……..

Leadwood post- indestructible in nature, impervious to weather and termites, but totally vulnerable to fire…..

Fire is the only threat to these ‘indestructible’ lead woods, a devastating force,

Fire, harnessed by man but often overcoming man as well… as in my story of how a Giant Snail Shell was put to use to obtain fire, by the Mahenye People …

I like to harness the force of fire in making my own charcoal for sketches….

Painting Shells, Fire, Painting Water, are elemental satisfactions for me…

Lin Barrie, Giant land snails , skeletons after a fire, acrylic on canvas, diptych, 2 x 2 feet and 2 x 3 feet

Lin Barrie, “Water…”, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 180 cm 

Lin Barrie, Water, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 180 cm

Lin Barrie, “Fire…”, acrylic on canvas , 120 x 180 cm, 

Lin Barrie, Fire, acrylic on canvas , 120 x 180 cm

the elemental power of fire will always draw me……….

Lin Barrie, What I Saw in the Fire, quartet,acrylic on stretched canvas-each 30 x 30 cm

and I ruminate on the force of fire, as a cleansing and as a destructor…

I have draped a large canvas, reminiscent of what I see when I stare into fire, into flames, whereupon I take flight or contemplate fight……..

Lin Barrie, Fire; Fight or Flight?, acrylic on draped  canvas Height 184 cm Width 275 cm Width to point 435 cm

Lin Barrie, Fire; Fight or Flight?, acrylic on draped  canvas

 The “Winged Victory”, that stunning  hellenic statue of Nike, Goddess of Victory, is the epitome of freedom, of rising to victory….

Winged Victory, Nike I, and II, are acrylic and charcoal on stretched canvas, each 42 x 30 cm (A3)

Lin Barrie Winged Victory, Nike I, and II, are acrylic and charcoal on stretched canvas, each 42 x 30 cm (A3)

Taking flight, my abstraction of that universal Swoosh symbol, the Nike flash, Winged Victory, Nike, a diptych, is acrylic on stretched canvas, each 42 x 30 cm …… is it a bird in flight or a swoosh?! …..either way it is a symbol of FREEDOM!

Lin Barrie, Winged Victory, Nike Swoosh, a diptych, is acrylic on stretched canvas, each 42 x 30 cm ……

Born of Fire, my painting “Winged Victory” is growing…acrylic/charcoal on stretched canvas 4 x 3 feet….

Lin Barrie, unfinished work “Winged Victory” ..acrylic/charcoal on stretched canvas 4 x 3 feet

Winged Victory; Beyond Beyonce, will be an acrylic/charcoal/collage installation on stretched/draped  canvas inspired by the marks of sparks and fire on canvas, creativity and creation… Size 4 x 3 feet plus ‘wings’

Lin Barrie, Winged Victory; Beyond Beyonce…growing on my wall…

watch this space…..

Lin Barrie collage installation -detail from the larger work, Winged Victory; Beyond Beyonce

The Winged Victory; Flight, Fight and Freedom

About wineandwilddogs

Lin Barrie The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues. This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil. Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation. Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas. Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.
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3 Responses to Freedom and Fences; Leadwoods and Land

  1. Suki V says:

    Burnt still carries beauty and hope

  2. Pingback: Morning has broken…. | wine and wild dogs

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