Jessica Labatte’s photographs address aesthetics, value, and meaning making within contemporary everyday environments. The Chicago-based artist’s work examines the genre of the still life through the precise placement of the discarded, excessive material objects of late capitalism. In Untitled (Pomegranate Photogram), 2008, natural objects are paired with items of synthetic production. A photogram print leans against a wall with a pomegranate and pile of rocks pulling the eye to the foreground of the artwork. The combination of specific objects chosen to have ambiguous relationships with each other encourages the viewer to participate in the meaning making process of the artwork.
Labatte is a recent MFA graduate of the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited at numerous venues including Scott Projects, Chicago; Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago; and Plane Space, New York. Upcoming projects include a show exhibition at Golden Gallery, Chicago.