I am working in abstraction with a vocabulary of recognizable natural forms. These works draw upon two natural but disparate processes: the gestural unfolding and leafing of a branching tree limb, and the physical properties and behaviors of pigments.
The images are drawn onto translucent drafting film, taking care to stay true to the forms. I then mix two pigments to an ink-like consistency. As this mixture dries the pigments reassert themselves, forming unexpected and distinctive abstract patterns. Each color mixture is an exploration of relationships between pigments; varying color concentrations and separations are caused by the pigments’ weights, and by the individual shapes. Finally I mount them so that light continues to play behind the translucent painted surface. In this way, form is dematerialized and re-assembled as a means of exploring color and the aliveness of a natural gesture through repeated yet individual shapes.
Jackie Battenfield is an artist who is known nationally for her luminous paintings and prints of natural forces. She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Award, the Warren Tanner Award, the Fulbright Scholars Program. Her work is represented by Addison/Ripley Fine Art in Washington, D.C. and is in the following public collections: The New York Public Library, New York; The Zimmerli Art Museum, Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; Palmer Museum, Pennsylvania; the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona; and the United States Embassy Collections, Brazil, Cambodia, Croatia, Jamaica, and Peru.
Jackie Battenfield received her MFA in Visual Art from Syracuse University and a BS from Pennsylvania State University. She is a popular speaker on the challenges of sustaining a career in the visual arts. www.jackiebattenfield.com