Size: 22"W x 24.5"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
This special batik was the result of a wintery weekend locked away in my studio-listening to Janis Jolin, watching it snow and thinking about bright warm colors. The warm beeswax melted in the jar next to me while I worked and the cats kept me company. In batik, I use the wax to block areas to resist the different colored dyes, which I use to paint the bird. After painting with the dye, I melt out the beeswax and start again on another section of the rooster-once again using the wax to block and layer in the colored dyes. At the end, I melt out all the wax and the full image of the bird is revealed. With batik, I never fully know how the image will look until the end so it's a wonderful surprise moment for me. Additionally, since I am essentially painting with wax and dye, every batik is absolutely unique.
This framed batik was accepted into the Whitewater Valley Art Competition at Indiana University in 2015 and showed as part of that exhibit. This batik is professionally framed in walnut wood and is ready to hang.
I have been drawn to birds for years. They seem tame-dining at our feeders on suet or trilling beautifully from the trees, but they are very much wild creatures. They breed and fly and battle and develop their own systems for survival. That intersection between domesticity and wildness is fascinating to me, both in birds, and in our own experiences.
Amy Raubenolt is a printmaker who creates linoleum prints of natural subjects, primarily wild birds. This technique involves hand carving a drawing into wood mounted linoleum blocks. The color is mixed and rolled out, then printed by hand via careful burnishing with a metal spoon and a bamboo batam. The finished result is unique and original, with no two prints in alike. Amy's work explores the intersection between freedom and domesticity, by portraying wild birds in moments of tranquility and in flight. She sees these birds as symbols for our own borderland experiences between wild and tame. Amy's work was recently featured at the Urbana Evening of the Arts and the Gahanna Gallery Hop. She is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently resides in Westerville, Ohio with her husband and three daughters.