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.
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.
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.