Earth, Water, and Fire

Works by Lisa Battle

June 11, 2021 - July 18, 2021

Ventures Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, June 11, 2021 (5 – 7pm)

Artist Statement

My hand-built sculptures explore organic form, line and an undulating movement that is reminiscent of the sensual curvilinear grace of natural objects and landscapes.

I am inspired by the patterns created by the forces of nature, found in walks along the seashore observing shifting sand patterns created by winds and receding waves; in my travels through the American southwest among desert cliffs, canyons and formations of weathered rock eroded by wind and water; and in the shapes of plants and the human body. I also have a life-long love of dance, and often find that my work evokes the gestures and arching movements of a dancer. In my exploration of form, I pare down these natural shapes to their essence, accentuating smooth clean lines to achieve simplicity and elegance. Sometimes I feel that I am capturing a close-up, intimate view of something larger. The resulting forms evoke aspects of the natural world without specifically representing them, leading to a sense of ambiguity that I find is central to human experience. 

I love the sensory experience of working with clay, and the expressive possibilities created through this malleable material. The forces of nature are also essential to the creation of my work, as my sculptures are exposed to the transformative powers of wind and fire in the wood kiln. The wood firing process leads to surfaces that have depth and subtle variations of texture and color, imparted by the movement of wind and fire through the kiln. The result is both a visual and tactile experience in which the surface is inherently integrated with the form.

Biography

Lisa Battle is an artist who creates a distinctive style of abstract sculptures by hand-building with stoneware clay. She explores form and line in three-dimensional space, inspired by patterns created in nature through wind and water erosion, and the graceful arching movements of dance. As a viewer moves around the work, the lines advance and recede, giving an undulating sense of movement. The subtle surface treatments of her work are derived from atmospheric firing techniques, including wood firing in a multi-chambered Noborigama kiln and pit firing.

Lisa began working with clay about 13 years ago after completing a masters’ degree in psychology. Her sculptures have been shown in juried exhibitions in the Washington, DC and New York metro areas, including several shows at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists’ Coalition, juried by curators from The Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA.

Lisa lives and works in Maryland, where she is a member of the wood fire community at Monocacy River pottery near Frederick, Maryland. She is a former trustee of the Baltimore Clayworks, a resident artist at The Clay Co-op in Rockville, Maryland, and a member of the board of the Washington Sculptors’ Group.

 

Image: “Sanna”  hand-built from stoneware clay, sprayed glaze, wood fired to cone 10 in Noborigama kiln by Lisa battle

 

Sanna
Wood-Fired ceramic
$4,500
30 x 15 x 11

Memory II
Wood-Fired ceramic
$4,000
29 x 16 x 16

Ritual II
Wood-Fired ceramic
$4,000
33 x 16 x 12


Adagio
Wood-Fired ceramic
$3,000
22.5 x 17 x 15


Tides
(6-part wall piece)
Wood-Fired ceramic
$3,500
33 x 30 x 3


Rose Canyon
(6-part wall piece)
Wood-Fired ceramic
$3,000
30 x 30 x 4


Ripple
(8-part wall piece)
Wood-Fired ceramic
$1,800
17 x 22 x 3


From the Sea
(Triptych)
Wood-Fired ceramic
$1,000
56 x 11 x 5


Abstraction II
(Triptych)
Wood-Fired ceramic
$1,000
56 x 11 x 6

Arroyo
(Triptych)
Wood-Fired ceramic
$1,000
27 x 13 x 2.5

Layers
(10-part wall sculpture)
Wood-Fired ceramic
$1,500
20 x 33 x 4


Carbon Flame
Wood-Fired ceramic
$1,800
19 x 8 x 9


Serpentine
Wood-Fired ceramic
$500
22 x 6 x 3


Proximity
Wood-Fired ceramic
$1,000
20 x 11 x 3


Virgin River
Wood-Fired ceramic
$800
14 x 8 x 10


Wave
Wood-Fired ceramic
$800
12.25 x 9.5 x 8.5


Salutation
Wood-Fired ceramic
$800


Essence
Wood-Fired ceramic
$1,500


Ritual
Wood-Fired ceramic
$2,800
24 x 13 x 12