Barbara Takenaga

Self-described abstract process painter Barbara Takenaga creates otherworldly compositions that are “abstract and representational, microscopic and cosmic.” Utilizing a visual vocabulary of dots, stenciling, and outlining, each meticulous element in her process results in works that depict possibilities both abstract and narrative. “I am interested in that space between naming an image and its abstract nature,” Takenaga says. “I like this openness of possibilities, a fluidity to how the work is read. For me, this process has parallels in how we construct meaning and deal with change in an increasingly challenging and catastrophic world—entropy and randomness reined by control, labor, and structure.”