Samantha Bittman - Artist Talk
Visiting artist in textiles, Samantha Bittman will be giving a free artist talk on her artwork and career on Wednesday, June 12 at the Center for the Visual Arts at Kent State University. The talk is free and open to the public and will take place in room 165 from 6-7 p.m.
Samantha Bittman is a visiting artist for this summer's Kent Blossom Art Intensives in textiles. Visiting artists play a significant roll in these courses, offering unique perspectives and expertise in their field. Each visiting artist gives a public presentation on their work as a part of the Kent Blossom Art Lecture Series.
About the artist: The bold, patterned paintings of Samantha Bittman elevate the textured visuals of Op Art and geometric abstraction. Painstakingly layering acrylic paint over hand-woven textile, the artist creates intricate lines and shapes that toe the line between flat and three-dimensional surface. Distorting the perception of her viewers, the artist considers her handloom a means through which repetitive numerical data can be processed into visual patterns. Optically frenzied, and at times overwhelming, Bittman’s large-scale installation works often involve patterned wallpaper, transforming each space into a parallel world of stripes and shapes—and obscuring the traditional architecture of the room.
Images: (left) Photo by Debbie Carlos, (right) two weavings (untitled) by Samantha Bittman