Moira Bateman’s remarkable wax cloth assemblages combine organic shapes, earth colors, and unique textures to create abstract patterns of great aesthetic impact and beauty. Silk, dyed naturally with collected sediment and water, is cut, placed, heat set with wax, and stitched to create large scale tapestries. Inspired by the single-celled diatom algae found in the sediment used to dye the cloth, Bateman renders the rhythms, shapes and forms she looks at under the microscope to a larger than life scale. Uniting science and art, her work offers us a unique way to “see” what is hidden to the naked eye and conscious mind. (Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers and Julie McGarvie)
530 W 25 St, New York NY 10001
July 9-27, 2019
Opening Reception: 5–8 pm Thursday, July 11, 2019
Closing Reception: 4–6 pm on Saturday, July 27, 2019
In her new invitational installation at the Bowery Gallery, Moira Bateman presents abstractions from microscopic study of lake bottom sediments, including diatoms in waxed cloth assemblages created with natural waterway and sediment-stained silk from Minnesota’s bogs, rivers, wetlands and lakes.
Bateman is a contemporary visual artist living in Minneapolis. In this exhibition, she invokes a variety of methods to dye swaths of silk using the tannins and sediment found in natural waterways, allowing the stain to seep into the cloth over time. The pieces are further worked with other mixed media including hand stitching and beeswax to create abstract works of art.
Bateman completed a Master of Landscape Architecture degree at the University of Minnesota, with a dual concentration in Landscape Ecology and Studio Art.
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