Leslie Batty’s artwork explores ideas of feminine identity construction within contemporary western society. Having grown up in a family of seamstresses and grade-school teachers, her mixed-media paintings on fabric and collaged paper reference the age-old practice of dressmaking as well as historical literature and art that depict feminine figures in a state of alteration. The work investigates and plays upon the ironies of how we attempt to invent and re-invent ourselves within a context of historical and cultural systems. Familiar and disarming, the images of fairytale dresses, cropped figures, and commercial products can begin to suggest a set of confining codes of femininity.
In 2006, Batty earned a double BA in Literature and Art from California State University-Fresno where, in 2010, she also completed an MA in Fine Art. Throughout her academic career, Batty received numerous awards, including the Provost Scholarship, the CSU-Chancellor’s Summer Arts Award, and the Dean’s Medal Nomination for both her graduate and undergraduate work in the Department of Art and Design. After graduating from CSU-Fresno, Batty spent two semesters abroad studying painting and drawing in Florence, Italy. She has since exhibited her work nationally and internationally, with two collective exhibitions at Galerie Métanoïa in Paris, France and a recent solo exhibition at Adler & Co Gallery in San Francisco.
A native to central California, Batty currently teaches studio art at Fresno City College. She resides in Clovis with her husband and two children and works from her studio at Corridor 2122 in downtown Fresno.