Cara Barer is an American photographer who bases her practice in Houston, Texas.
Barer visually documents the way in which society has come to retrieve information by changing a
common reference book into a work of sculpture. In her experimentation with curling irons, clothes
pins and water, Barer transforms volumes of irrelevant and outdated information into coiled, crumpled
objects of beauty.
Cara Barer (b. 1956) is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Houston, Texas. She uses curling irons and water to manipulate outdated, abandoned and obsolete books which she then captures on camera. She graduated from the Art Institute of Houston in 1987. She also graduated from the University of Houston in 1981 and the Glassell School of Art in 1994. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions across the U.S. and is reproduced in several publications, including Art Made From Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved (Chronicle Books, 2013). Her photographs can be found in collections such as VISA, UCLA Special Collections, Danielle Steel, Bloomingdale’s, Lehigh University, Nordstrom, Nationwide, Wells Fargo Bank and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.