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26 Aug 2013

What's your story?



One of the hardest things when creating (whether you are a painter, designer, writer or whichever labour challenges your creativity) is finding your own story, the common thread that ties in all your work. In my case, nostalgia is one of the narrative engines to what I do. I'm constantly craving to go back to past times, have I lived there or not, like a time traveller. Am I missing the present?

“Childhood is the true home to every man” – Bertrand Russell (quote spotted here.)

My great-grandmother (the lady to the right in the picture) somewhere in Chilean Patagonia in 1932.


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Una de las cosas más difíciles cuando se crea (sea uno un pintor, diseñador, escritor o cualquier labor que desafíe la creatividad) es la de encontrar la propia historia, el hilo conductor que amarra el todo trabajo. En mi caso, la nostalgia es uno de los vehículos que une lo que hago. Me encuentro constantemente deseando volver a tiempos pasados, haya vivido ahí o no, como una viajera en el tiempo. ¿Me estoy perdiendo el presente?

“La infancia es el verdadero hogar de todo hombre” – Bertrand Russell (cita encontrada acá).

Mi bisabuela (la señora hacia la derecha de la imagen) en algún lugar de la Patagonia chilena en 1932.

11 comments :

Kylie Hunt said...

Oh that photo is divine! How wonderful to have such treasures :) I really love your styling in these pictures Karen. I think you have such a distinctive style and a story all of your own :) Kx

Karen Barbé said...

Thank you Kylie! I appreciate so much your kind comments :)

kajakaja said...

I have to say, since I stumbled upon your blog some time ago I have been having a fangirl moment (the yes, with a fist in the air) every time there is a new post (not to mention reading all the posts from the beginning).
You are so inspiring, and you can se how much time and effort goes in everything you do - and so every thing comes out beautifully.
Keep making great stuff,
your avid admirer
Klara

Karen Barbé said...

Thanks so much, Klara. I love that you have taken the time to see all of my stories and pictures (that's a lot, isn't it?) I'm glad to hear that you receive each post with such enthusiasm :)
Your comment makes my day!
xx

Melissa said...

I just spent a lovely hour lying in bed on this Saturday morning and looking through your blog posts - I love the way you use color! Inspiring. Gracias!

Karen Barbé said...

Thanks Melissa. I'm glad to hear my blog makes a good breakfast in bed ;)

Martine Myrup said...

+ beautiful +

montse llamas-artsandcats said...

Pues sí que percibo ese hilo conductor en tus obras.
A mí me cuesta encontrar la idea que unifica lo que hago, más allá de lo concreto, como la búsqueda de espacios, texturas y colores... Siempre me ha costado mucho verbalizar. Llevo tiempo dándole vueltas a ello.
Besos, Karen.

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Karen Barbé said...

Montse, quizás te sirva mirar tu blog con cierta distancia y tratar de distinguir qué es lo que hay detrás de toda tu obra. La verdad es que yo descubrí “mi historia” así, mirando mi trabajo retrospectivamente a través del blog, y de pronto todo cuajó y tuvo sentido...

Besos.

montse llamas-artsandcats said...

Gracias por el consejo, Karen, le daré vueltas...