In Attrition I think about the darkness of silence the implication of hiding, of secret, of repression, quieted and suppressed; of persisting to exist while also disintegrating. And yet, there is also peace in silence. There is stillness, calm and a healing solitude. The subtly in quiet can be a beautiful thing.
Samantha Bates’ repeated marks form and un-form nature before the viewer’s extended attention; building an unfolding experience into perception, memory and seeing. She grew up surrounded by the wilderness of Washington state. The land permeates her work in form, concept, representation, and practice. Bates earned a 2D Master of Fine Arts at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art in painting and drawing at the University of Washington. Her work has been shown in group shows at Alpha Gallery, Momentum Gallery, Jacob Lawrence gallery, Arnheim Gallery, Sandpoint gallery, The University of Washington Club, Student Life Gallery, Doran Gallery, as well as Bakalar and Paine Galleries. She has appeared in solo shows in Washington state at STAR Center, Parnassus Cafe and Gallery and the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza. Recently, her work was featured in The Boston Globe in Cate McQuaid’s article “Expect to See More in the Future Form These Up-and-Coming Artists.” She currently lives and works in Tacoma, Washington and is represented at Momentum Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina. For more information, view her website