Garter, Lined, Mixed media on paper, 13" x 11", 2014
Angela Battle is an Associate Professor of Art, Painting, at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She earned a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University, followed later by a BS in Biology from the same, and finally an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
In her own words
"Rock Road" is an ongoing visual documentation of what passes on the limestone road that intersects the rural landscape that surrounds my home outside of Woodburn in southern Iowa. I am struck by the way that the 'wild' continues on with its ancestral patterns of movement despite the introduction of human roadways and I am struck by how risky it is for these organisms to cross these roadways (as they must) and I am struck by how many do not make it. The numbers of reptiles, for example, the myriad species of snakes who must make what seems to me to be a seasonal migration from one space to another and so must pass over the rock road on their way, the number of organisms that do not make it, is staggering to me. The idea that such death in numbers must be occurring all around and not just on the road that I walk has compelled this new series that is for me a way to speak to the tenuous co-existence of ancestral wild organisms and the modern human.
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