In the Shadow of the Hand

In the Shadow of the Hand refers to the fact that virtually all the images that you will find on this website begin with drawing. They have emerged out of that shadow that the hand casts over the paper as it moves, a darkness that holds within it memories, dreams and thoughts that have escaped the tyranny of words. Garry Barker draws things in order to discover what he is looking at as well as to find out what images are like when they well up out of his mind. The engagement of his hand with a material that leaves marks behind when he moves it about, seems to communicate so much more than words do, the images collected together on this website being the often unexpected arrivals that have grown out of the traces of his hand thinking for his mind.