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Joianne Bittle
updated: 05/09/2014
website: joiannebittle.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Moonman I
Portable Landscape (Preserving Mass Extinction)
Brachiopod
Volcanic (Nine Mini-spectacles)
Faustine's Paysage
Crinoid no. 1 (Fossil Matrix Wall)
Jackrabbit, no. 5
Jackrabbit, no. 4
Everything is Going to be OK
Unconformity (installation view)
Kingfisher (Preserving Mass Extinction)
On My Way Gone
Jewel Beetle (Ventral View)
A Royal Family (Jewel Beetle)
Pledge (studio life poster)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  animals, figurative, nature, science, anatomy, landscape, psychological, process, spiritual, fantasy
 
 
Moonman I by Joianne Bittle
Moonman I
oil and charcoal on panel
2011
24" x  24" 
Portable Landscape (Preserving Mass Extinction) by Joianne Bittle
Portable Landscape (Preserving Mass Extinction)
mixed media
2010 - 2011
81 " x  82 "  x 144 " 
Brachiopod by Joianne Bittle
Brachiopod
pencil on paper
2010
11 " x  14 " 
Volcanic (Nine Mini-spectacles) by Joianne Bittle
Volcanic (Nine Mini-spectacles)
photo collage, wood, plexi mirrors, dry pigments
2013
8 " x  8 "  x 3 " 
Faustine's Paysage by Joianne Bittle
Faustine's Paysage
oil on two panels, wood, fluorescent light, mirror, rabbit skins, neon telephone
2011
64 66 " x  49 80 " 
Crinoid no. 1 (Fossil Matrix Wall) by Joianne Bittle
Crinoid no. 1 (Fossil Matrix Wall)
charcoal and graphite on paper
2013
85 66 " x  60 80 " 
Jackrabbit, no. 5 by Joianne Bittle
Jackrabbit, no. 5
oil and wax on canvas
2009
30 " x  30 " 
Jackrabbit, no. 4 by Joianne Bittle
Jackrabbit, no. 4
oil and wax on canvas
2008
30 " x  30 " 
Everything is Going to be OK  by Joianne Bittle
Everything is Going to be OK
oil and charcoal on two panels
2012
48 " x  48 " 
Unconformity (installation view) by Joianne Bittle
Unconformity (installation view)
oil and charcoal on canvas roll, dry pigments, plaster, foam, plexi mirrors, fluorescent light, beeswax
2012
114 " x  60 "  x 54 " 
Kingfisher (Preserving Mass Extinction) by Joianne Bittle
Kingfisher (Preserving Mass Extinction)
oil and wax on panel
2010
8 " x  8 " 
On My Way Gone by Joianne Bittle
On My Way Gone
HD video (9 min. 5 sec loop)
2012
0 " x  0 " 
Jewel Beetle (Ventral View) by Joianne Bittle
Jewel Beetle (Ventral View)
pencil on paper
2007
44 " x  90 " 
A Royal Family (Jewel Beetle) by Joianne Bittle
A Royal Family (Jewel Beetle)
oil and wax on three canvases
2007
54 " x  96 " 
Pledge (studio life poster) by Joianne Bittle
Pledge (studio life poster)
photo of JB with Spacemonkey
2012
14 " x  11 " 

Artist Statement

A prominent theme in my work is how we as humans have evolved to be curious beyond our instincts despite sometimes struggling to adapt to our surroundings. My paintings depict lone organisms surviving in harsh conditions, starting with exotic beetles, to more familiar creatures such as mammals like jackrabbits and astronauts.

These works are motivated by consideration of the unknowable nature of the animals’ instinctual motives within their native environment. In 2010-2011, I created a diorama nestled in the back of a cargo trailer titled Preserving Mass Extinction: A Portable Landscape. The scene depicts the Permian Basin (now West Texas) about 250 million years ago. Shallow seas covered much of what is now dry land, and underwater creatures such as brachiopods flourished; a mass extinction ended this period and created the rich oil reserves of the region. Eventually, the seas dried up, animals grew legs, moved to land and became mammals, then survived, endured, and dominated. Jackrabbits and Cowboys eventually evolved together and continue to inhabit the area in large numbers!

These series of works portray something preserved in time for study and observation and continue to question the unknown, the ancient past and future.

Artist Bio / CV

Born 1975, Indiana. Lives and works in New York City. 2011, solo exhibition No Man's Land at Churner and Churner, NYC. The Royal Family paintings were featured in two solo exhibitions in Marfa, TX at Eugene Binder Gallery and Wave Hill in the Bronx. I have participated in several group shows, including Entomologia at the Observatory Room, Bklyn, Before & After in Marfa, TX, Rubber Sheets at C.R.E.A.M Projects, Bklyn, Bioluminescence at Akus Gallery in Willimantic, CT.

In addition, I have worked as an artist and Assistant Preparator at the American Museum of Natural History, where I have completed diorama mural paintings and fabricated installations for the Museum’s special exhibitions.

In 1998, I earned a BFA at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, and was awarded an assistantship at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy.