The Soul of Wine?
I’m not real sure what to make of Sondra Barret’s "microscopic portraits" of wine beyond the fact that she is completely sincere when she wonders if these art pieces truly are "expressions of style, personality, and perhaps the ‘soul’ of the wine."
A former medical researcher, Barret’s technique for exposing the "soul of wine" seems pretty straightforward. Apparently she uses a microscope to photograph wine on a molecular level, revealing what are some pretty nice looking images. However, I’m not sure they are reflective of anything beyond the microscopic image of wine. But then, we bring to art our own experiences and expectations so her work might mean different things to different people. Clearly, they mean something to Barret:
"As an educator to wine lovers, children, health professionals, and people challenged by health problems, I discovered that images through the microscope open a doorway for people to appreciate life at a deeper level. Living with large prints of the wine portraits, I became inspired by nature’s hidden beauty."
Clearly there are many different avenues for wine lovers to indulge their fascination with the drink. The
pace at which tasting room trinkets move out the door is just one confirmation of this. Some will see Barret’s "wine art" as nothing more than another tasting room add-on. And that seems a legitimate way to view her microscopic images. But some people, the ones Barret knows are out there, will look at these images and see something much deeper.
The Soul of Wine? Perhaps.