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Jessica Labatte is known for her constructed still-life photographs that explorephotographic elements such as light, the use of color, and illusion. In her Almanac forShade Gardeners series, Labatte created an image for every flower that grew in hergarden during one growing season. The flowers are arranged with objects from herhome, as a meditation on the passage of time, and to visualize Labatte’s reality as anartist and mother within a domestic space. In Clematis Bubbles, a child’s bubble bottleis placed alongside a clematis plant and fresh sliced citrus fruit. The colors are brightand warm as clematis plants require sunny environments to thrive, and the bottle ofbubbles indicate caregiving rituals of play. In this way, Labatte’s photographs serveas a form of self-portrait, as they are constructions made from elements of her ownhome, environment, and lived experience.
Jessica Labette received her BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute andhas been included in exhibitions at the Humble Art Foundation, Chicago; Museum ofContemporary Art, Chicago; the New Art Center, Newtonville, MA; Western Exhibitions,Chicago; and the Hyde Park Art Center, among others. Labatte is Associate Professorof Photography at Norther Illinois University.
Jessica Labatte (American, b. 1981)Clematis Bubbles, 2017Archival Pigment Print14 x 11 inch image on 16 x 13 inch paperSigned edition of 30