Brooklyn-based painter Kesha Barnes is extremely open to positive feedback about her art, whether it be compliments on her color usage and technique, or effusive praise of her cutting-edge subject matter and fearless pursuit of revolutionary, boundary-pushing art for art’s sake alone.
“I’m not one of those standoffish artists who get defensive about constructive compliments,” said Barnes. “In fact, I’m just the opposite. I encourage people to let me know how much they like what I’m doing so that I can do even more of it.”
Barnes noted that, for her, art is much more about the creative process than about the end product. “In our capitalistic society, we feel like we have to commodify everything,” she said. “I don’t see it that way. The prices on my paintings are there for people’s convenience, simply because that’s the exchange system we’ve learned to work within. But when people purchase one of my paintings, we both know that the true value of my work is beyond measure.”
In the interest of cultivating a proactive dialogue with fans, Barnes has set up a website exclusively devoted to fan feedback, where people can rave about their favorite pieces and gush over her talent. You can contribute your constructive compliments at www.numberoneartisteverkeshabarneskills.web
And if people have complaints or suggestions regarding Barnes’s work?
“They should probably keep that to themselves,” she said.