MOTHER-DAUGHTER-LAZER-RAZOR

KATIE BATTEN

ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
24" X 24"

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ARTIST STATEMENT

Objectively, my work is a union of figuration and abstraction. My studio space acts as an arena for the competition of representational and imagined objects. Some objects are painted obsessively; they are narcissistic, indulgent, and time consuming. Others undermine their commitment, sticky globs, floating cords and planes of pattern. I want these two antagonists to harmonize, simultaneously reinforcing and dismissing the other.

Subjectively or symbolically, these objects (and “non-objects”) act as a balancing opposition. I curate them as equalizers, confronting nature and neutrals with neon and now. Drawing from the history of still life painting and my own biography as a Lisa Frank-generation girl (woman?), I aim to make something new though informed by the past, contemporary magic hinged to historical reality.  I am loyal to painting (especially painterly indulgent painting) though I revel in its failures and ridicule its historical and social arrogance. Ultimately, I paint as a reminder of the girl as a creator and protagonist: informed, daring, sultry, sassy, and curious. 


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