Barbara Wildenboer was born in 1973 in South Africa. Her work mostly consists of collage, photo and paper-construction, and digitally animated photographic sculpture. She uses a combination of analog and digital processes to create work that explores phenomena such as temporality, fractal geometry, and the interconnectedness of all living things. Wildenboer exposes the connections between a myriad of life forms – from the microscopic to the immense. Her main focus is on environmental aesthetics. She sees this as something that not only encompasses natural territories but also extending to human interaction with the natural realm.
There is a playful aspect of creating references within other references in the paper sculptures and collages. Using media images and information selected from various sources, Wildenboer constructs an alternate reality. The three-dimensional paper works reflect on how humankind is affected by globalization, economic upheavals, scarcity, political corruption, wars, epidemics, and natural disasters. The collages are amusing on modern human life and the fragility of the symbiotic relationship between man and the ecology. A nebulous relationship that is jeopardized by consumerism, wastefulness, and a sense of disconnection with the natural world.