My work is rooted in the natural history of animals that exist in large numbers, with consideration of the unknowable nature of the animals’ instinctual motives within their environment. The current jackrabbit paintings are collectively titled "No Man’s Land." While the paintings do not show the same individual, they do mean to connect the solitude of a single animal to the reproductive power of the whole species. In my previous group of paintings, "A Royal Family", I depict exotic beetles from around the globe. I remove the insect from its environment entirely in order to examine the color and anatomy, enlarging it beyond human-scale in the process. Each is set against a gold background, with reference to altarpieces and religious icons of the Byzantine. In both bodies of work, these mysterious creatures are completely exposed, but resilient and appear embodied with vulnerability, and dignity.
Born 1975, Indiana. Lives and works in New York City. In 2008, my Royal Family paintings were featured in two solo exhibitions in Marfa, TX at Eugene Binder Gallery and Wave Hill in the Bronx. I have participated in several group shows, including Entomologia at the Observatory Room, Bklyn, Before & After in Marfa, TX, Rubber Sheets at C.R.E.A.M Projects, Bklyn, Bioluminescence at Akus Gallery in Willimantic, CT, and Viridis II at the Hewitt Gallery of Art, Marymount College, NYC.
In addition, I have worked as an artist and Assistant Preparator at the American Museum of Natural History, where I have completed diorama mural paintings and fabricated installations for the Museum’s special exhibitions. http://joiannebittle.com/
In 1998, I earned a BFA at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, and was awarded an assistantship at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy.