Barbara Wildenboer’s art has a strong Eco-psychological perspective. In the series Pareidolia she conflates ecological themes with those rooted in analytical psychology.
“I majored in Psychology before I proceeded to study Visual Arts. It was during my Masters in Fine Arts (University of Cape Town, South Africa) that I first started photographing clouds. Since then I’ve continued to photograph clouds ranging from those found in the Karoo dessert in South Africa to the mountains of Bogota in Colombia and the islands of Penang in Malaysia. I’ve always been fascinated by the morphing shapes of clouds, their ephemerality and the manner in which they can then dissolve and disappear again in moments.”
‘Pareidolia’ is a psychological term that describes the human inclination to perceive specific, often significant, images in random or ambiguous visual patterns.
This manifests when viewing the psycho-analytical tools such as the Rorschach inkblot test, connecting the dots to create star constellations and most commonly when cloud gazing.