Barbara Emmel Wolinsky was born an artist in New York in 1947, and later discovered formal training at Parsons School of Design and Harvard’s Carpenter Center. After a brief, harrowing stint as an advertising art director in New York City, Barbara moved to Boston where she experienced the quintessential Cambridge while working for the Real Paper, formed the design firm Brook Five, and added some humor to the burgeoning recycling movement by designing the “Eat January” calendar.
In 1978 Barbara married National Geographic Magazine photographer Cary Wolinsky, and had her design career repeatedly interrupted by travel throughout the world, working on such stories as Northern Ireland, Perth, Australia, Madawaska, ME, Silk, Wool, Cotton and Wildflowers of Western Australia. Despite the diversions, Barbara continued to produce designs that won awards from the Art Director’s Club of Boston, and wonderful illustrations and paintings through her design firm, Trillium Studios.
While traveling, Barbara created small clay-headed, cloth-bodied figures, trimming them with exotic decorations found in markets around the world. Most were given away to the children of gracious hosts, but a few chose to return home and demanded appropriately furnished wooden houses where they still reside today. These whimsical worlds, originally created to shelter the feisty personalities of the "Little People", became the basis for her current collection of box constructions.
Barbara’s work brings together her clay figures, paintings, graphic design skills and her great love of junking to produce surreal sculptures in boxes, following the tradition of Joseph Cornell.
Ute Stebich Gallery, Lenox, MA, July 1993
Bird’s Nest Studio, Hingham, MA, December 1993
James Center for the Arts, Norwell, MA, March 1995
North & South River Watershed, Norwell, MA, April 1995
Venturing So Close, Soho 20, New York, NY, June 1995
Lost Objects, Found Visions, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA, August 1995
A Gift of Art, Cragin Fife Gallery, Brookline, MA, December 1995