Oil and mixed media on cradled board
(48" x 18" x 6")
(detail upper right**)
Mixed Media* on cradled board
(30" x 48" x 8")
Upper, left to right: postage stamps - Indiana statehood 1816, John Foster (1648-1681), West Virginia 1863, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Cherokee Strip; ginkgo leaf with cholla cactus spine; Mary Cassatt children behind wire; tea bags encasing Chinese coins, feathers.
(Detail**): Stamps - Martin Ramirez, artist (1895-1963), Emancipation Proclamation 1863, Lunar New Year, Chinese coins, antique-style script 'flames', seed pods of silk & lentils; feathers.
Lower, left to right: stamps - Bryce Canyon, Ocelot, Acadia National Park, Jackson Pollack, Adolph Gottlieb, Nebraska statehood 1867; rusted zinc washers, burlap, acrylic pour; found bird nest with Hatch chilis; cholla cactus spines with black-eyes peas nested in packing materials; globe sticker behind wire.
Mixed media* on cradled boards
(30" x 18" x 6", with 8" x 6" x 6" [attaches to wall separately] - total 30" x 27" x 6")
Background: Handmade paper, fabric collage, acrylic paint.
Upper right: Handknit sweater, cholla cactus spine.
Middle: Gift box with holiday wishes & Tokyo address; Japanese characters: "Gift."
Lower: Abstracted nativity scene, clay with "Navidad" matchbook on easel; mirror reflects feathers on backs of figures; refrigerator magnet - 'winter'.
Sheep on shelf observing nativity; loofa sponges, twigs, paper & ink.
Acrylic and mixed media
(24" x 24")
Lines in Translation
Narrative on USPS stamps*
(18" x 24" x 1-1/2")
*John Foster (1648-1681), "Portrait of Richard Mather" ca. 1670. This woodcut is thought to be the first produced in America. Its strong silhouette and patterns of light and dark well suit the austerity of this early Puritan minister with his eyeglasses and Bible in hand. [Princeton University Library]
Franz Kline (1910-1962), "Mahoning" 1956. Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Kline became a leader in the abstract expressionist movement.
Abstract paintings incorporating curated treasures
…Treasures collected on hikes, in a recovered house-parts store, in funky shops that defy description, and even in the junk piles of other artists…these items yield untold stories. I give these objects a fresh environment from which they can speak a new, larger narrative.
Once items are selected, I focus my attention on composition and precise abstract shapes, further shaping the story. I dance with the paradox of restfulness and stimulation.
My goal is that the combination of collected treasures, composition, color, and hidden stories result in the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.
Sophia Batelle grew up in Northern California and now lives in the pinon forests of the southern Rockies. It was her predilection for collecting intriguing objects that first prompted her husband to suggest that she find her own studio, apart from the house. She has studied abstract painting with Nicholas Wilton and Pamela Caughey.
Her previous career: leadership coach.
Inspiration sources: David Johns and Andy Goldsworthy.