Prints & Photographs by Margot Bittenbender
From a series of etchings inspired by Isamu Noguchi’s large rock sculpture in Storm King Art Center to delicate, linear flowers to abstractions of nature and plant life, Bittenbender explores the various facets of the natural world through two differing media – the intaglio print and photography.
“I observe and respond, both to what I see and to what I remember, and meld the two – reality and perception – together,” she explains.
Texture and line always are an important component of her compositions.
Her work is influenced by 14 years living in Asia, seven of them in Japan, where she created and showed her work in Tokyo. She continues to spend several months in Japan each year, studying both traditional art and the work of contemporary printmakers.
She has volunteered as a docent at the Bangkok National Museum and the Columbus, Ohio, Museum of Art, and taught for over 20 years in the Greenwich Public Schools, as well as in Singapore. Bittenbender was also a dealer in contemporary Japanese prints, both in Asia and in the States.
She is now located in Connecticut, where she focuses on her artwork and family and is a member of Loft Artists Association.