Barbara Bachtell grew up in NE Ohio, Pittsburgh, and New Mexico. She has a BA in art from Wesleyan University (CT), and a BFA in painting from Cleveland Institute of Art. Of her recent works she says: "In early 2017 I began to work on pages of a found book, using lines of type as an armature of sorts. Coinciding with the devastating change in our nation's leadership, I believe that these drawings are an ongoing way of processing my grief at the lack of honesty, beauty, kindness and largesse of language in the public domain today. Repeated infinity loops around single words or pairs of words, glazes of gouache, and interjection of shapes are tools for blotting words out, unraveling them, destroying their meaning and context, while building a new reality over this betrayed foundation.” She has shown her drawings and small sculptures around Ohio and in Wisconsin, most recently in group shows at MOCA, Ursuline College, and Waterloo Arts. She also created a site-specific, time-based sculpture for the University School Centennial Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Her work is in local individual and corporate collections, including The Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center, and Jones Day.
Speech Leaf I
9" x 7", Graphite, watercolor, ink, gouache, 2019.
The Great American Comeback I
9" x 7", Graphite, ink, watercolor, gouache and collage, 2020.
The Great American Comeback II
9" x 7", Graphite, watercolor, ink, gouache, colored pencil, 2020.
9" x 6", Graphite, gouache and colored pencil on found book page, 2018
9" x 6", graphite, gouache, colored pencil and collage, 2018
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