Although Frances Barth’s painting practice may appear minimal at first glance, her formal vocabulary delivers a simple yet complex scheme; incongruent motionless shapes stand in contrast to one another, in dialogue with each other.
Moreover, the asymmetrical configuration of the shapes suggests ambiguous relationships in the space they occupy. Barth’s composition presents an intricate visual field that allows figures of minimal agency to stand out.
Barth refers to aspects of her work as a combination of comic restraint and purist abstraction. Combining contradictory elements of local color with abstract color, vocabularies of both painting and drawing, disorienting spatial relationships, Barth creates works that are as provocatively ambiguous as they are soothingly beautiful.
In her desire to "tell stories without words" Barth implies narratives and geographies in a realm between landscape, mapping and abstraction.