Hedwig Barry (b.1969, Bloemfontein) is a Johannesburg-based artist working at the intersection of drawing, painting and sculpture. A long career as a producer, director and educator across artistic disciplines has led her to a dedicated studio practice that is rich, confident and prolific. Probing the metaphors of “grounding” and “groundlessness,” Barry’s work explores the politics of love, desire, care and repair. She situates her practice at the interface of the personal and the public, the emotional and the intellectual, and the bodies, grounds, materials, desires and gestures which give meaning to these relationships.

In 2020, Barry graduated cum laude with an MA in Fine Arts from the Wits University, and, through a collaboration between Wits and BMW, was commissioned to create two large-scale outdoor interventions for the BMW headquarters in Midrand, South Africa. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the NIROX Foundation and has a solo exhibition opening at the NIROX Sculpture Park in January 2022. Barry will present a newly commissioned sculptural work “Night Crumple” at the Spier Light Art Festival in March 2022. Later in the year she will spend time at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve as an artist-in-residence.