“Visually, I strive for theatrics.
The mix of light, energy, and sensitivity, create my aesthetic soliloquy.
In an effort to create dramatically compelling images,
(ones that sing, that symbolize my minds script)
I photograph that which make me feel very much alive.
I often explore the idea of the modern day still-life, and how I can use photography to represent the nuances of the present day.
A scene, a mood, and an era are set immediately by the glory of color, the vibrancy of a figure, and the whimsy of a passing shadow.
What moves me is the awesome ability of film to capture a reality,
a pinch of time-
my moment, ingrained, with the help of light.
I am drawn to polaroid processes for their immediacy and purity.
By making a copy of (my) reality, I have become a photographic documentarian.
My images are archives in the library of my visual history.”
– Sarah Henderson
Rocking Chair Sessions
Maria Theresa Barbist and Elysa D. Batista are both locally based South Florida artists that collaborate as the BABA COLLECTIVE. They originally met at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood, FL during their individual artist residencies in 2016.
The idea of the BABA COLLECTIVE was born when in discussion of the diversity of artists that were found at the BAC, and other institutions in Miami, they realized the lack of archives providing the ability to access interviews of these individuals. Thus RCS: ROCKING CHAIRS SESSIONS was created. A publicly accessible forum where one could find individual recordings describing the professions, media, and life of South Florida based creatives.
Launching their collaborative endeavor in 2017, the BABA COLLECTIVE seeks to amass a window into the lives and process of SoFla based professionals in the arts.