Oct. 23, 2023 to Nov. 21, 2023
Artalk: Oct. 23, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Gretchen Batcheller combines airbrush, acrylic and oil painting media to create paintings that bridge figurative realism and abstraction. Her work can be ebullient, cathartic and aggressive and at other times unsettlingly still. There is a palpable potency to her work that is deeply connected to her own personal narrative as a military dependent and the space and sensations that currently surround her. Her work reflects a deep exploration of color, pattern and rhythm that echo throughout the compositions of her paintings. They also reveal a self-consciousness derived from multi-layered examination of memory, nostalgia and personal reflections on systems of oppression found throughout militarized regions of the Pacific.