Jessica Labatte

 Jessica Labatte

Assistant Professor, Photography
M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Office: Art Building 318
Office Phone: (815) 753-0291
 jlabatte@niu.edu

Jessica Labatte received a MFA and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Elmhurst Art Museum, Hyde Park Art Center, Higher Pictures, Golden Gallery, and Horton Gallery. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Artforum.com, and Chicago Magazine. The artist is represented by Zieher Smith and Horton Gallery, NYC and will have a solo exhibition with Western Exhibitions, Chicago in March 2015.  

Labatte’s photographic work is an investigation in the capabilities of space within a two-dimensional frame. Her work contains both sculptural and painterly nuances, however, for the artist, the work from conception, is always a photograph. Labatte experiments with large format analog processing techniques, which can give the illusion of digital affects. Yet, her prints have had no digital manipulation, this is a keystone of her artistic practice. She works with an intuitive nature piling or collaging found materials within her studio to be photographed. Her most recent body of images have been rendered more abstract than previous bodies of work. This calls closer attention to the delicate color relationships and the juxtaposition of shapes within every image.

niu | school of art and design
jack arends building
dekalb, il 60115-2883