Resa Blatman

Drenched and Overgrown (details), 2016
oil and Latex paint on hand- and laser-cut Mylar, PETG, and Lexan; knitted yarn; plastic flora
[108h x 234w x 38d inches]
Visual Artist

Media: Installation, Painting, Printmaking

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Artist Statement

My work of the last eight years speaks to a warming planet, invasive plant and animal species, rising tides, and their effect on and transformation of our landscape and natural resources. To reflect this concept visually, some of the artworks’ subjects and surfaces are layered with forms that mimic coral, invasive plants, seaweed, and flora. In the paintings, there are cold weather animals trying to survive in hot, swampy environments, and walls of ocean water swallowing the landscape. There’s a physicality to the installation work in the way it juts forth from the wall, creating a metaphorical sound like the rapturous violence of giant waves crashing into a calving glacier. We are living in uncertain times — a growing “water world” with more droughts and dwindling fresh drinking water, as our need for it arises. My work inhabits the terrain between the poetry of art and nature, and the future of a climate dystopia.

“At the Museum of Arts and Sciences, we are particularly interested in work that explores the intersection of art and science and the visual articulation of scientific observations and mathematical concepts. Resa Blatman is among a growing number of professionals in the United States to not only celebrate this intersection but also influence the direction of contemporary installation artwork through the combination of art and science. She uses art to teach complex scientific theory in an effective and compelling manner that is rare and exciting, making both art and science more accessible to wider audiences.

As artists, we must push the limitations of technique, media, and message—innovating, always—if we are to engage viewers on multiple levels. Resa’s work ignites curiosity and that is exactly where art must be today.”
— Susan Welsh, Executive Director, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, Georgia