Lynn Batchelder

Lynn Batchelder is a contemporary jeweler working and teaching in the Hudson Valley, NY. Her work centers on drawing and mark making as she seamlessly creates jewelry and works on paper. She received an MFA in Metal from SUNY New Paltz and a BFA from Western Michigan University. She is the recipient of the 2016 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award and was a 2015 Society of North American Goldsmiths Emerging Artist. She has exhibited in the prestigious Talente exhibition in Munich (DE), was included in 40 Under 40 at the Metal Museum in Memphis, and is represented by Gallery Loupe where she recently presented a solo exhibition, Remains. She has completed residencies at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Women’s Studio Workshop. She is currently Associate Professor in the Metal Program at SUNY New Paltz.

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Unearthed Pendants

Date of Creation: September 1, 2021

List of Materials: Sterling Silver, Anodized Aluminum

Dimensions: 18" x 4" x 0.5"

Photographer's Name: Lynn Batchelder

Model's Name: Himali Pandya

Conceptual Statement: Through this body of work, I research some of the earliest recorded forms of human mark making such as cross-hatching, carving, and engraving, and use these methods as visual and poetic references as I render aluminum and silver as lithic fragments. Through painstaking marking, cutting, and collecting, I draw attention to the fundamental human impulse to record information through permanent acts, and its inherent search for meaning. This investigation results in a range of dualities, outcomes that challenge traditional engraving techniques through more experimental—expressive, and at times aggressive—carving and chiseling. I work reductively, directly hammering and chiseling solid aluminum, to literally unearth the forms. Through a process of anodizing and dying, the forms are reimagined as found raw stone, and collected for carrying upon the body.

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Unearthed Charms

Date of Creation: 01/09/2023

List of Materials: Sterling Silver, Anodized Aluminum

Dimensions: 14" x 5" x 0.5"

Photographer's Name: Lynn Batchelder

Model's Name: Himali Pandya

Conceptual Statement: Through this body of work, I research some of the earliest recorded forms of human mark making such as cross-hatching, carving, and engraving, and use these methods as visual and poetic references as I render aluminum and silver as lithic fragments. Through painstaking marking, cutting, and collecting, I draw attention to the fundamental human impulse to record information through permanent acts, and its inherent search for meaning. This investigation results in a range of dualities, outcomes that challenge traditional engraving techniques through more experimental—expressive, and at times aggressive—carving and chiseling. I work reductively, directly hammering and chiseling solid aluminum, to literally unearth the forms. Through a process of anodizing and dying, the forms are reimagined as found raw stone, and collected for carrying upon the body.

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