Using old toys, I set up and photograph scenarios that express the darker moments of childhood: the fears and anxieties that can linger into adult consciousness. Sometimes creepy, sometimes comical, these narratives represent the flipside of the family album: vulnerability, longing, and anticipated trauma.
Born and raised in the South Bronx, Barbara Ringer studied film at NYU and spent many years traveling and working for television production companies in Switzerland and Germany. After settling in Ridgefield, Connecticut, she focused on photography, transitioning from the black and white darkroom to color digital, often creating her own frames with charred wood and metal.
Her artwork has been in numerous gallery exhibitions in New York and Connecticut, and she was one of the eight selected artists in the 2016 SOLOS exhibition.
“Barbara Ringer delves deeply into our subconscious by mining childhood associations and memories through the toys we all once so innocently enjoyed.”
- Douglas Hyland, Director of the New Britain Museum of American Art
and juror of SOLOS 2016 Westport Arts Center