Barbara Dean

Barbara Dean is a North London based artist practicing in live and visual art. She has made work nationally and internationally, and has been presenting her work in events, exhibitions, festivals and live art platforms, since 2001.

She has made work collaboratively and individually, within and across a broad spectrum of culturally diverse artists and audiences.

Barbara has been funded by The Arts Council England, and been a past recipient on the Artsadmin bursary award scheme. 

Home page photograph Pablo Goikoetxea, Tate Britain 2011

 © Barbara Dean 2016

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I am interested in notions of the therapeutic both within my practice as a painter and as a live artist; how do audiences and viewers have a therapeutic experience whilst viewing artworks? And if they do how does the experience become therapeutic without being or becoming art therapy?

I first became interested in this term 'therapeutic' in 2008, when I began working as an arts educator for the Mental Health charity Mind-In-Enfield. Learners often use the term 'therapeutic', to describe their experience of watching paint fuse with water, on paper; one observant learner commented "it just seems to take you outside yourself". I was so inspired by this response, in terms of the body, and in relation to watching paint move, that I developed the Paint Action Method, or P.A.M. as it is affectionately becoming known. P.A.M. uses elements of risk and unpredictability to challenge the boundaries between artist and audience. 

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