Willette Battle: Mixed Media, Studio 309
Willette Battle is an artist of many talents, chief among them the ability to translate experiences from her life into visuals that transform those personal stories into something universal. Dealing in themes of community, afrocentrism, and inner strength, Willette almost exclusively conveys her ideas with a vibrant color palette and a freeing sense of play. Don’t be deceived by the comforting and childlike nature of her images or materials though; this is an artist dealing in difficult, often dark subject matter by handling personal and shared struggles with the kid gloves of vivid hues, fun paper mache, and an overwhelming desire to wash over life’s darkest moments with a fresh coat of blindingly colorful paint.
To find Willette Battle’s third floor studio, simply look for the space stacked deep with dozens and dozens of exciting paintings, clever sculptures, hand-made jewelry, and tall mannequins draped in elegant, form-fitting neck-tie dresses! Willette is a lovely artist making fun but serious work. Seek it out.