2014 Minnesota State Arts Board Visual Artist Initiative Grant.
My latest work is based on protected landscapes across Minnesota known as Scientific and Natural Areas. The ten locations represent a cross section of the ten basic landscape or ecological types across the state. The beauty, diversity, wildness and remoteness of the places has been astounding.
Fallen plant material cannot be taken from these sites due to their protected nature, so I’ve bundled my pieces with fallen leaves and twigs, leaving these bundles submerged in the natural waterbodies at each site; including bog, peatland, fen, river, creek, lake and vernal pool. I’ve experimented with heating the bundles in a make-shift solar oven on-site before leaving them. Some days have been too overcast for my solar oven. Some sites were so thick with mosquitos and ticks that I needed to keep moving.
The resulting stained fabrics are subtle but do vary from site to site. The chemical make up of the water and organic matter at each site have their effect on each piece.
*Moira Bateman is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.