My recent work is the direct influence of my growing fascination with collage. The collages are small images I use as ideas for my larger acrylic paintings. When put on canvas, the enlarged scale gives the imagery a more provocative and disturbing feel, which I enhance with touches of bright color. While my paintings are about predators and victims, human and animal, I never quite know where they are going to take me.
I started out as a photorealist working on large cityscapes of New York City and Philadelphia. My work documented time and place like a visual diary. But over the years I have moved away from the observer to a more personal imagery. While my work appears to be making a statement, none of it is preplanned. I work on five to ten collages at a time, then edit out what doesn't work. Without censoring myself, I’m able to tap into my subconscious and explore a whole other surreal way of thinking.
Barbara Minch has exhibited her art at the Newark Museum, NJ State Museum, Midland Center for the Arts, Ella Sharp Museum, Flint Institute of Art, Saginaw Art Museum, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia Art Alliance and New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts. She has been in group and solo exhibitions at Gallery Henoch, New York City, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, and Suzanne Gross Gallery, Philadelphia.
Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Johnson and Johnson World Headquarters, Pfizer Headquarters in New York, City Without Walls, Nabisco, ADP, Merrill Lynch Headquarters in Princeton. She is in the collections of Philadelphia Airport Marriot Hotel, Amoco, CIGNA Corporation, Bell Atlantic, Fidelity National Bank, Philadelphia National Bank, Beaver College, Simon & Shuster, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, First US Bank and Somerset County College.
Minch teaches collage at the Montclair Art Museum and is an art instructor at the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School. She is the director of the Exhibitors’ Co-op since 1989 and has been affiliated with Gallery Henoch, Chelsea, NY, from 1979 to 2004, as well as Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, from 1979 to 1995.