Barbara Trauth - Between Heaven and Earth: Small Statues of Our Lady
About the Artist

There exists a definite contrast between Barbara Trauth's sculptures and her two-dimensional art. The paintings are of strongly figurative nature, conveying the peaceful beauty of children and nature. Her sculptures show a marked expressionist tendency.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Barbara Trauth graduated from Edgecliff College with a degree in fine arts with a concentration in sculpting. She worked as an illustrator for Gibson Greeting Cards, Inc., Shillito's department store, and the Cincinnati Post and Cincinnati Enquirer newspapers. Even while raising four children, she taught Saturday art classes at the Cincinnati Museum of Art and continued to take classes in painting at the Art Academy for seventeen years.

When asked how she envisions Mary, Barbara responds: "Mary is protecting, a mother, real. I see her as the most beautiful woman in the world. A woman filled with love and purity. I see her as the Tabernacle of the Most High. This is a wonderful, joyful experience for Mary—but for all of us. As Mary shares her light, so should we."

Our Lady of the Merry-Go-Round

This endearingly joyful sculpture of children coming together in a round dance to honor Our Lady holding high the Christ child illustrates one of the many facets of Barbara Trauth's art. From lush landscapes to sculptures of torn and twisted human existence, the artist seems to move with amazing ease from the tantalizing questioning of Expressionist art to the lightness of being as we find it in the variations on the Magnificat with its feminine figures miming a heavenly ballet come to earth.

Signature Piece
The Magnificat – A Heavenly Ballet
statue 1
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord. My spirit rejoices in God my Savior for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant.
statue 3
He has cast down the
mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
statue 2
He has mercy on
those who fear Him
in every generation.

He has filled the hungry with good things and the rich He has sent away empty. statue
He has shown the
strength of His arm,
He has scattered the
proud in their conceit.
From this day
all generations
will call me blessed: The Almighty
has done great things for me, and
holy is His name.

statue 4
He has come to the help of His servant Isreal for He has remembered His promise of mercy,
the promise He
made to our fathers,
to Abraham and His children forever.

The Face of Suffering
Reminiscent of some of the famous German artists of the mid-twentieth century, such as Kaethe Kollwitz, some of Trauth's small sculptures illustrate how much human beings find themselves torn between heaven and earth, between the dynamism of the spirit and the gravity of worldly realities.

There is no real understanding of the Magnificat if we are oblivious of human suffering and the degradation of human dignity in poverty and wars.

statue 7
Ethiopian Madonna

statue 5
Christ in the Rubble Memorial to 9-11

statue 6
Agony in Sarejevo
statue 8
Again Never Again
statue 9
Rachel Weeping for Her Children
A Silent and Soothing Peace
Trauth's acrylics and watercolors mostly feature children and the landscape around Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where it is believed that Mary appeared to children in 1981. However, the familiar landscapes of Cincinnati are never far away from the artist's painterly interest. Contrasting the harsh realities of war and poverty, there is a silent and soothing peace emanating from Trauth's landscapes and portraits.
Our Lady of Divine Providence

Our Lady of Cincinnati

Angel at the Outer Wall

Reluctant Angel
Croatian Village

The Rose Garden

The Fall in Eden


The Vineyard
August 15 Before the Reign
The Pope and the President
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