There is something so enigmatic and magical about the process of breathing that it would seem to preclude adequate visual expression. Oliver Barratt however, has created a series of work that captures the very essence of human breath, making visible something that is invisible. Like the frosted air that appears from the mouth on a cold morning. His work seems to fossilise and make permanent the very process of breathing.
These sculptures evoke ascension mystery and presence. Their human scale is an important element in our relationship to them, we cannot easily avoids them, and therefor are forced to enter into a voyage of discovery that will uncover the inner nuance of their meaning.
The visual language that is employed is about the relationship of two contrasting elements. He creates dialogues between round and angular forms, rough and smooth textures, hidden and visible constructions.
Richard Davie Aug 1996