“My work investigates manual labor through an integration of mark making and cleaning. For three months, I drew a solid, thick black line directly on a white wall with charcoal, using the muscle memory of cleaning. This exhaustive process allowed me to question the value of labor and evaluate my need for order and meticulousness.

Scrubbing off the line confronted me not only with accepting the nature of the materials and the irremovable memory of them, but also with recognizing the impossibility of returning to the original appearance of the surface. The pattern of construction and destruction has become a constant in my work, helping me to embrace both approaches as the same process.” – Nathalie Alfonso

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.