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Leslie Batty

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Culture of Simulation Oil and Acrylic on Canvas 6'x4'
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Flesh #6, 2011 Oil on Canvas 60 X 36 Inches
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Gridlines: Locating Ourselves in Space, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 48 X 72 Inches
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Illustrated Instructions for Cutting, Altering and Sewing, 2011 Oil on Paper 38 X 33 Inches
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At the Ball, 2012 Acrylic and Paper on Canvas 9'x5'
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Casting Fairytales (after Velazquez), 2012 Oil and Acrylic on Canvas 10'5"x9'1"
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Three Graces, 2012 Acrylic and Paper on Canvas 5.5'x9'
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Self-portrait with a Camera, 2011 Acrylic on Fabric 8'x5'
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I Think I Must Have Been Changed Several Times Since Then, 2012 Oil and Paper on Canvas 5'x8'
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Mode of Reflexivity, 2011 Acrylic on Fabric 6'x4'
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Views and Codes #1-9, 2009 Oil and Acrylic on Fabric 64"x52"
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Lining: Chiasmus I, 2009 Oil on Canvas 4'x3'
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Lining: Chiasmus II, 2009 Acrylic on Canvas 4'x3'
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Lining: Chiasmus III, 2009 Oil on Canvas 4'x3'
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Masquerade, 2011 Mixed Media on Canvas 4'x4'
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Inverses I, 2011 Acrylic on Fabric 4'x6'
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Inverses II, 2011 Mixed Media on Fabric 4'x4'
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Ontologia, 2009 Oil and Acrylic on Canvas 3'x2'
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Views and Codes #1-24, 2011 Oil and Acrylic on Fabric 64"x124"
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Down the Rabbit Hole, 2013 Newspaper, Maps, Sewing Diagrams, Acrylic Paint on Canvas 72 X 96 Inches
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Basic Notions of Signification, 2013 Oil and Paper on Canvas
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Partition, 2013 Oil on Paper and Panel 15.2 X 15.2 Cm
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Views and Codes #7, 2015 Oil and Paper on Canvas 20 X 16 Inches
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Pink and Blue, 2015 Oil and Paper on Canvas 30 X 30 Inches
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Obverses, 2015 Oil and Paper on Canvas 30 X 30 Inches
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Views and Codes #13-16, 2015 Oil on Fabric 42 X 34 Inches
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Views and Codes #9-12, 2015 Acrylic on Fabric 42 X 34 Inches
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Pattern Pieces, 2015 Acrylic and Paper on Canvas 60 X 84 Inches
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Paper Girl in a Red Chair, 2012 Oil on Canvas 60 X 48 Inches
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Son and Venus, 2013 Oil on Fabric 84 X 48 Inches
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Luncheon at the Fountain (after Manet), 2014 Oil and Paper on Canvas 82 X 104 Inches
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Blue Nude (after Picasso), 2014 Oil on Canvas 48 X 36 Inches
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Variations on a Pattern, 2011 Acrylic and Cotton on Linen 48 X 72 Inches
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Quick Facts
Lives in
California
Works in
California
Representing galleries
ADLER&Co.GALLERY, Corridor 2122
Tags
dressform, sewing, Mannequin, fabric, fairytale, body, Feminine, identity, figurative, mixed-media, conceptual, surrealism
Statement

“Our positionality is not fixed, but relational, a constantly moving context that constitutes our reality and the place from which values are interpreted and constructed” - Diane Wolf (Geiger, 1990, 171).

Maps and charts are drawn for many different purposes.  Since Descartes’ coordinate system of describing position using line, area and points, we have been able to locate ourselves in physical space and identify patterns within these systems.  Not so straightforward is charting social position.

Through the metaphorical lens of dress (or undress) as it relates to identity, I am considering the positionality of women by way of overlapping cultural references from art history, literature, and film.  Controversial moments throughout history, such as the infamous Salon des Refusees of 1863, help us to see the awkwardness and arbitrary value associations assigned by social convention.  I am especially fascinated by paintings which have been revisited numerous times by various artists throughout western civilization – in particular those which have provoked social controversy.  It is at this positional boundary – the boundary where conventionally appropriate meets inappropriate – one can see struggles of position, value and power. 

From the standpoint of a woman who often “doesn’t know her place,” I have sought to navigate my own understanding through cultural space with these paintings.