Kristen Thiele’s paintings are derived from the films of Hollywood’s Golden Age, depicting opulence and escapist themes and how they align with the concept of artifice. The contemporary artist is working from images dating back from the 1930s, images that have become new through their re-introduction into our contemporary consciousness via the platforms of modern technology. The painter works in Miami at Bridge Red Studios.
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.