Recently I have been making "Flower Lips," cut paper reliefs that incorporate found materials such as zippers, buttons, nuts and bolts, staples, fabric and rope. Handmade photo corners set off each piece. They reference women's lips, female energy, and gender politics. Each one is a "snapshot" of a woman's reaction to sexism, injustice, and/or abuse. Together they form an instructive album of responses: Don't bristle silently. Don't swallow a bitter pill. Don't self-censor. Don't hold back. Don't clench up. Break free!
New York artist Barbara Lubliner transforms traditional and nontraditional materials into thought-provoking expressions that are both iconic and quirky. She moves fluidly from performance art to works on paper to sculpture, both large and small. Solo exhibitions include Gibson Gallery Museum at SUNY Potsdam; Carter Burden Gallery, NYC; Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ; and Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ. Recent group exhibitions include City Reliquary Museum, NYC; Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY; Edison Price Lighting Gallery, L.I.C., NY; and Ceres Gallery, NYC. Performance venues include the Brooklyn Museum and the Après Avant Garde Festival on the Staten Island Ferry. Lubliner performed as "Ms Muscle" in the 2019 Art in Odd Places festival.