“My paintings, often portraying children and the seashore, may at first glance appear prosaic. But, beneath their joyful sun-drenched surfaces, my paintings are intentionally subversive. By presenting positive images of black and brown people my work challenges the negative, racist images with which the media constantly bombards us while simultaneously confronting the homogeneity of the fine art canon and its representations of race and identity.
Through the ordinary experience of a day at the beach—an activity both children and adults can relate to—I create an entryway into the viewer’s subconscious. With these images I hope to rewire my viewer’s visual cortex and push them to widen the narrow lens through which black and brown people are viewed, both by ourselves and others.” – Jacqueline Gopie
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.