“Through our dreams, we make contact with a vast, yet elusive side of ourselves. My work converges flora and fauna of the outside world with identity and consciousness of the inside world. Drawing inspiration from nature’s paradoxical beauty, I aim to create work that not only stands out for its regal impact but also for its sensitivity. My inspiration comes from an ongoing interest and profound respect for indigenous tribal cultures of the Amazon, Aboriginal natives of Australia and the Yoruba tribe of West Africa. I am fascinated with garments and textiles of Native Americans and themes of Afro-futurism because of their connections with nature. With this vocabulary of indigenous art, along with my personal dreams, I make whimsical forms resulting in a diary of my personal mythology.
My work explores the cultural disparity of self-realization, assimilation, and transnational identity. Using direct or suggested human figures, I am interested in exploring narratives of vulnerability, isolation, and alienation in tribal societies. The theme of flora and fauna falls heavily into my work; the root, stem, and leaf comprise of a complex capillary network that symbolically evokes underlying themes of our connections to nature. This connection is itself part of the larger web of existence, and how it is categorized and dissected in many fashions in search for balance and truth.” – Morel Doucet
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.