The two-dimensional and the three-dimensional carry equal weight in artist Lynn Batchelder’s practice. Batchelder’s new work explores the processes and tools that are shared by printmakers and jewelers. Nonlinear will feature drawings, prints, and four mini-series of jewelry pieces each inspired by modes of drawing expressed through a wide range of techniques.
Batchelder says that her work is “rooted in the drawing process”, whether she is etching lines on steel or applying conductive paint with a brush onto wax prior to electroforming it. She sees similarities between the way a jeweler’s saw makes delicate incisions on a piece of steel and a burin, a small chisel-like tool, can be used to engrave the lines on a plate.
Batchelder explains that the term Nonlinear refers to her work, her thinking and her process. Her work “which is linear although not in the pure sense - as with everything made by hand, there are slight imperfections and lines are not always perfectly straight”, and her “nonlinear thinking - working more intuitively through a variety of processes and formats toward more complex discovery and possibility.”
Nonlinear will also feature the Fog series of engraved prints completed during Batchelder’s summer residency at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York.
Lynn Batchelder is a contemporary jeweler and educator residing in New York's Hudson Valley where she is currently Assistant Professor of Art in the Metal Program at SUNY New Paltz. Lynn received her BFA in Metals/Jewelry from Western Michigan University and her MFA from SUNY New Paltz. She is the recipient of the 2016 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award. Recently she has completed residencies at Women's Studio Workshop, Penland School of Crafts (winter residency), and a year-long residency at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Lynn has exhibited her work in the prestigious Talente design exhibition at the International Trades Fair in Munich, a solo exhibition at the Heidi Lowe Galleryin Delaware, and at SOFA Chicago.