In my most recent work, I incorporate new technology, photos from my travels enhanced in photoshop, and appropriated images together with hand colored rice paper which I use as collage elements. The wide range of media create complex and poetic works layered with meaning and surface texture. Some forms are fully present while others are obscured. I work spontaneously and intuitively. I lose all boundaries, like swimming in a vast sea. My work connects me to life itself and shows my true feelings.
Karin Batten was born in Hamburg, Germany and studied painting and sculpture at Central Saint Martins College, London and received her MFA from Hunter College (CUNY), New York City. Batten has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe. In New York City she is represented by the June Kelly Gallery and in Europe Gallery 70, Berlin and Gallery a61 in Zürich. Her work has been included in such permanent collections as National September 11 Memorial and Museum, NY, Pfizer, Inc., the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Davidson College, Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson, NC, and the Hotel Millenium in NewYork. Batten has received grants for public art from the New York City Metropolitan Transit authority and the New York State Council on the Arts. Recently she was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Grant and an Artists’ Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts.