McKnight Foundation: Hand of the River on exhibition October 2016 through June 2017 at the McKnight Foundation Lobby Gallery at 710 South 2nd Street #400 Minneapolis MN 55401. Open Weekdays 8a-5p.
Tres Leches Art Gallery: I keep an ongoing and constantly changing installation at Tres Leches, which is a beautiful artist's cooperative gallery located in the Northrup King Building in Minneapolis' Arts District. Along with many NKB artist's studios and galleries we are open the first Thursday of each month from 5 to 9pm and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Tres Leches participates in large art events including Art-A-Whirl every May and Art Attack every November. Tres Leches is located at 1500 Jackson Street, Studio 173, NE Minneapolis 55413.
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Moira Bateman is a contemporary visual artist living in Minneapolis. She completed a Master of Landscape Architecture degree at the University of Minnesota, with a dual concentration in Landscape Ecology and Studio Art. Bateman has received numerous awards including a Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grant and a Minnesota State Arts Board Visual Artist's Initiative Grant. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the upper Midwest such as Instinct Gallery, Circa Gallery, the University of Minnesota's College of Design, the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Carnegie Art Center in Mankato, Minnesota, the Kleinpell Gallery of Riverfalls, Wisconsin, Phipps Center for the Arts of Hudson, Wisconsin, and Transient Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa. Bateman's newest body of work exhibited in 2016 at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona and at the McKnight Foundation Lobby Gallery in Minneapolis.
Intuitive Mapping with Waterway Stained Silk.
I start my work by visiting remote wild landscapes, where I collect and crush organic materials like leaves, bark, roots, shells and mud. I wrap and tie raw silk with these materials. These bundles seep in the lake, bog, or river water for a number of weeks. The tightly wrapped plant material provides extracts that combine with mineral mordants found occurring in the waterway. The fabric becomes stained in patterns and tones unique to that site.
I think of these as Intuitive Abstract Maps and also as Spirit Cloth in that I give the places themselves time and an opportunity to leave their own message in the cloth.
I like to work quickly and not think too much about what I’m doing. When I work at keeping quiet, the idea of ritual comes to mind. The work catapults me into another time, an ancient era at the origin of everything.
The Waterway Stained Cloths are further worked with a variety of media including the remaining organic matter, or stitching ink and pigments. The pieces are then coated with fine layers of a fluid liquid beeswax medium, heat set and pressed flat.