Barbara Bartos and Julie Briggs 


Sound on Paper presents two projects exploring the apparent dichotomy between visual and audible perception.

Soundscape Instrument is an object that translates painted landscapes into sound. The ‘scores’ are detailed gouaches on paper of actual panoramas, which subsequently are perforated following unique features of the landscape. Once perforated the painting is played via a music box.

While in residence at the Cad Factory, Barbara Bartos had the opportunity to add the sound of the sky over the Riverina paddocks to the growing collection of painted soundscapes from Finland, Italy and California. Each panorama generates its unique syntonous melody – a polyphonic illustration of all the places she has experienced.

Liveline 1 & 2 were born from the collaboration of Barbara Bartos and Julie Briggs.

Departing from the unique markings made by the Scribbly Gum Moth, an insect that burrows in the bark of eucalyptus trees of South West Australia, Barbara and Julie have combined their respective practices. Barbara’s paintings track the detailed line of the moth, and Julie’s poetry is inspired by the insect’s path.

A meditation on life of sorts, a homage to anonymity, beauty and the struggle of being alive… What would the line of your life look like?

Barbara Bartos is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores the image in an experimental way through audio-visual projects, site-specific environmental interventions, drawings, paintings and prints. Her current investigations revolve around what is an image, and how different forms of perception shape its meaning. She tends to work by limiting herself to a few essential materials and, through a rigorous creative process, allows the works to self-generate somewhere at the threshold of nature and culture.


Barbara was born in Cluj, Romania. She received her B.A. in Graphic Arts from the University of Art and Design in Cluj. Subsequent to that she was awarded a 1-year Post-Graduate research fellowship at the Istituto Romeno di Cultura e Ricerca Umanistica in Venice, Italy. In 1999 she was invited to the San Francisco Art Institute as a Fulbright Fellow, from where she graduated with an MFA degree in 2001. After almost 15 years living in San Francisco, Bartos returned to Europe and is currently based in Italy.

Julie Briggs is a writer, occasional maker and a long-time Narrandera resident. She is interested in environmental and social justice. Julie writes poetry, vignette, creative non-fiction and enjoys collaborations with visual artists.