New York artist, Barbara Lubliner moves fluidly from performance art, to works on paper, to sculpture both large and small. No matter the media, her work uses visual symbolic language to communicate multiple layers of meaning. Additionally she has organized and moderated panels, curated shows, and started a feminist newspaper.
In 2000 Lubliner took up welding in order to make armatures and stands for her figures. She quickly got sidetracked from the practical task of making metal supports and began creating playful, toy-like sculptures with found metal.
In 2006 Lubliner's impulse to explore varied media led her to create performance pieces. In her performance art Lubliner uses her own body as a sculptural element.
Lubliner's interest in using found plastic was spurred in 2009 when she was the "bottle" artist for Tree Gems, an environmental installation in collaboration with Thea Lanzisero. The First Presbyterian Church on Fifth Avenue and 12th Street commissioned the project, and the community participated in collecting plastic bottles and constructing it. After the Tree Gems project, Lubliner started to work with bottles in her studio developing the "plastic bottle building-toy system" with which to make sculptures.