"How many faces, how many bodies can you recognize, with your eyes closed, only by touching them? Have you ever closed your eyes and acted unconsciously? Or loved someone so blindly, you could almost feel their energy in a dark room and be moved by the powerful touch of their ideas?”
- Jean Baudrillard
Scopic Ciphers is a collection of my internalized repressed experiences with relation to race, gender, and culture. It is a series of sculptural complaints that dissects the manner in which preconceptions and prejudices vary across both domestic and international spectrums.
Instead of being an inanimate manifestation of mere functionality, the signage in Scopic Ciphers demands a reversal of the human gaze. By acting as conduits for human traits, specifically empathy, inquisitiveness, and awareness of self, the sculpted texts original propagandist function is reformed. Redirected back upon the viewer, we are now required to question our own reflexive actions as a response to the external world, to be moved by the validity of an idea, instead of a body or face. Weighing the degrees to which these assembled letters, are both interconnected and cyclical.
Batista carves, cuts, and folds manipulated digital typography onto materials including wood and aluminum, which are then mechanically affixed onto material such as plexiglass. Batista continues to investigate the role of our perpetually evolving languages, and their application as an interpretive tool for comprehension of the world as a whole.
Born in Panama City, Panama. Batista earned her Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from Parsons The New School for Design in New York City in 2013, prior to which she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) from the University of Miami in 2009. Her three-dimensional work explores the multiplicity of meanings in accordance to sociopolitical power dynamics and national identity.
Recent exhibitions include solo exhibit Retrospective Lining at the Miami Dade Public Library System (Main Library), Miami, FL (2017). Group shows include Word Play at the Laundromat Art Space, Little Haiti, FL (2017); and #RAINTERTAINMENT on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL (2017).