Jennifer Battaglia

Jennifer Battaglia- You Look Tired. Third Coast National Biennial 2020. K Space Contemporary

Mexican American/Italian American conceptual artist Jennifer Battaglia was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1987, and currently lives and works in Houston. She received her BA in Media Production from the University of Houston where she concentrated on photography, video, and graphic design. She currently works as the media editor for the popular Texas online art publication, Glasstire.

 

Battaglia utilizes both traditional and digital mediums—collage and assemblage, and digital video and photography—to curate connections between the subconscious mind and day-to-day experiences associated with advancements in technology, changes in family values and social norms, and current events. Each experience is heightened by the anxious mind to form an alternative reality that is hyper nostalgic yet unfamiliar.

 

Tell us about the work you have in this exhibition.

Jennifer Battaglia, Third Coast National, K Space Contemporary

You Look Tired
18″ x 12″
archival inkjet print mounted to aluminum
$600.00

“You Look Tired”, from the photographic series entitled “You Look Tired”, follows the many facets of social pressures women face as they age. The common notion that with every birthday comes the celebration of another year alive and just a couple, small, tiny, little, daunting worries— gotta keep up with the appearance of youthfulness, but don’t forget about your ticking clock. The photographs in this series are depictions of comments people make towards women’s appearances and the anxieties around womanhood.

 

The piece entitled “You Look Tired” was created after several years of hearing the phrase, “You look tired” when I wasn’t wearing enough or any makeup at all. On this particular evening, after hearing yet again those words and being very well rested, I took an old pillowcase, wrote the phrase in red lipstick and got my camera out. I wondered if I still, in fact, looked tired.

 

What draws you to your chosen medium, what do you love about it?

I have always gravitated towards the lens, this extension of our eye where memories, ideas, and concepts are recorded and kept. In my work I utilize both traditional and digital mediums—collage and assemblage, and digital video and photography. Coming from a background in product photography, I tend to prefer to set up and stage my subjects when capturing them, but I do not limit myself to this preference. Sometimes, I’ll take my camera out and start filming a particular area, waiting for my subject to appear, but most of the time my concepts are concrete and deliberate when executed in the studio.

 

What inspires you to make art?

I draw inspiration mostly from my surroundings. The ideas come about from a variety of thought processes, including the subconscious mind, and the day-to-day experiences associated with advancements in technology, changes in family values and social norms, and current events.

 

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