Moira Bateman creates assemblages from waxed silk, stained with waterway sediments of Minnesota’s rivers, lakes and bogs.
Upcoming exhibitions include The McKnight Fiber Art Fellowship Exhibition, Etudes: Watersheds, Bogs, Kayaks at The Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN, January 17 – April 8, 2023 along with her companion exhibition Bog Etudes at Form + Content Gallery, Minneapolis MN January 5 - February 11, 2023.
*Bateman is a 2022 McKnight Fiber Artist Fellow
"I create assemblages from silk that has been stained with waterway sediments. For my textile abstractions, I leave silk to soak (for weeks, months, or years) in the waters, mud, and sediments of rivers, lakes, and bogs throughout Minnesota. Sediments carried in the waters of these locations dye the silk and imbue the cloth with many types of startling markings. After I retrieve the silk, I cut it and place the cut shapes into patterns, which I join together with wax to preserve and transform the silk into skin-like, large-scale, cloth assemblages. As an abstractionist, my hope is that the organic shapes, earth colors, stains, and textures of my assemblages evoke a strong sense of place as well as the movement and condition of water and time."