(b 1990South Africa. Lives and works in Johannesburg )
Liberty Battson is inspired by Modernism, more specifically the Modernist theories around abstraction and the pursuit for ‘truth’ and ‘true art’. The artist uses statistics as a way of representing ‘the truth'. For almost two years, Battson has focused her research on Google, statistically the most used search engine, and tracked what users wanted to know. Statistics are not only the subject matter of her work but also govern the abstraction – the colours and lines that represent these search patterns on the internet.
She translated the searched truths onto the canvas using the theory of the physical effects of colour. More recently Battson focuses on the aesthetic of abstraction to conceptually address bigger issues. It is in the audience’s interest to decode the artwork through playful engagement.