Loren Batt’s mixed media works are like small stages on which the human condition is played out. Please visit her website to see more of her fascinating work.
I’m one of those people who can’t see the forest for the trees. I’m entranced by details, seduced by rich colors and textures, enthralled by a skillfully depicted story.
Over the years I’ve worked in different media (viscosity etching, collography, monotype, collage, oil and acrylic painting, soft sculpture and more recently, digital media). My husband’s job has also required that we move a lot, and living in different parts of the world has afforded me the privilege of observing people from diverse cultures and detecting the common strands that deep down make us more similar than different.
I’ve had the luck to wander for hours in great museums where, among the huge range of treasures offered, I’ve always been pulled to the works which offer a richness of narrative, composition and color.
In the craft markets of Central America, the country churches of Sweden and by the road-side altars of Patagonia, the strings of my heart and mind have been pulled by the ingenious visual imagination of the artisans whose jobs involve imparting stories and legends to a wider public.
Sitting in the metro in Paris, my glance settles on a stranger’s face and I perceive the thread of a tale about our human condition. Stopping into flea markets near my home in France, or on the road while traveling, my eye settles on an old cabinet or globe which calls out for me to transform it into a stage for a new story.
It was only natural that these nuggets of visual treasure and the attributes of the various media in which I have worked should come together into a stylistic amalgam: today I am a painter/sculptor/illustrator/stage designer all rolled into one.
In addition to the physical pieces I create, I like to take photographed elements of my work and weave them into new digital narratives in Photoshop or PS Touch on my iPad, or else just directly paint a running journal into the wonderful ArtRage app.
My work is concerned with individuals facing the daily questions and problems of their lives in a way that most of us can recognize: their flaws, their fears, their desires for immaterial relief. Health, self-esteem, more control over the fleetingness of life, respect, less anxiety, more love, less arbitrary judgment, more courage.
Essential to me is the artisan’s hands-on approach to the construction of a work, finessing the details and the atmosphere, and gaining the upper hand over the inevitable problems and mistakes that arise along the way.
Guardian angels appear regularly in my work—they are there to empathize with each one of us and help us face our challenges. They gently remind us that we, as a species, have more in common than not.