New Artist in Residence 2018

New Artist in Residence 2018

Next week we will be welcoming Susanna Battin, our second Artist in Residence of the year. Susanna is a multimedia visual artist, she will be with us from January 11 to February 23rd.
Susanna will be focusing most of her residency time on two fronts: a series of paintings with all our students, and an investigation of landscape and human impact in the LA River with our 3rd graders only.

Susanna Battin lives and works in Los Angeles where she investigates the cultural productions of nature that guide our understandings of the American West. She uses tangible proximities found between one place and another, between an object and a location, between a history and her own body, to converge meanings and trouble the normative narratives we have about landscape, nature, death, and gender. She is curious how the Romantic era is presently politicizing contemporary art and one’s relationship to others and the environment. In 2014 Susanna was gifted a Yamaha DJX keyboard by a studio mate who was moving out. She is presently repurposing the keyboard’s factory-programmed samples to accompany a script that follows a displaced mermaid population during present-day drought and massive ecological change. She has presented her work domestically and abroad in a multitude of modalities and venues, ranging from street level public interventions, site-specific installations in farmland, freeway vista optics, private screenings and performances, and formal gallery and museum installations. She is interested and practiced in the infiltration of radical art into consumerized psyches, spaces, canons, and institutions. As a curator, she has served as a director and board member of both formal and informal arts organizations, and is active in producing shows of personal and political meaning. She currently works as Program Director for a new artist residency called North Mountain in Shanghai, West Virginia.