Samantha Bittman | Shift
Samantha Bittman was born in 1982, in Chicago. She lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. Bittman also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011.
Bittman conscientiously and proudly creates this meticulous and considered work taking reference from Annie Albers and Sheila Hicks as well as: Bridget Riley, Frank Stella and Agnes Martin. Aiming to stimulate the viewers’ visual perception and pattern recognition facilities as well as a self-awareness of our own… More
Ronchini Gallery is pleased to present the first UK solo exhibition of American artist Samantha Bittman. The exhibition will feature eleven new wall based works and one site-specific mural.
Bittman’s practice developed from her fascination of weaving and the instinctive relationship between pictorial image and woven structure. Bound by the physical parameters of her 12-harness floor loom, she weaves, by hand, a graphically driven pattern, which is then stretched over a traditional wooden frame before having acrylic paint embedded onto each thread. Using the woven guidelines, she takes the graphical complexity one step further by carefully matching the colour of the paint to each individual strand. Inverting the pattern of the textile, she merges thread and paint to create an optical illusion of shape, line and pattern.