Moira Bateman is a contemporary visual artist living in Minneapolis. Her work draws on an interest in a wildness present in both nature and ourselves. She completed a Master of Landscape Architecture degree at the University of Minnesota, with a concentration in landscape ecology. 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 is currently on exhibition (April 29-August 21, 2016) at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona.
In my work, I’m thinking about the contrast of the wildness of all life with its inherent vulnerability. Those elements found within each of us, and also in every living aspect of the larger world. In this way I’m looking at the cracks where wildness gets in, where the force of nature takes over. I’m looking to express the idea of a powerful life force. I’ve found that natural fibers such as linen, wool and silk can evoke a wild, strong, instinctual nature when used with that intention.
When wrapping the silk with leaves, when submerging and leaving it in the waterways, I try to work quickly and not think too much about what I’m doing. By working at keeping quiet, I’m hoping to give the places themselves time and an opportunity to leave their own message in the cloth. The work makes the idea of ritual come to mind. The pieces catapult me into another time, an ancient era at the origin of everything.