‘From everyday throwaway materials, Barron creates sophisticated, low-toned, textured collages that have a contemplative feel and resonance.’
I like the idea of working with slate because of the age and nature of the material. Slate is of sedimentary origin, formed from the deposits of minerals collected on the beds of ancient seas millions of years ago. Movement of the Earth's crust, retreating seas or whatever, pushed these ancient sea beds to the surface where they were eventually quarried by man to provide shelter from the winds and the rain.
The slate I use has all served this purpose and is eroded and marked by this exposure to the elements as well as by man-made pollutants in the atmosphere. I am interested in the journey from the seabed to the the quarry, from the quarry to the rooftop, and from the rooftop to the artwork.