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 exhibited in 2016 at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona.
My inspiration comes from landscape and things in nature.
I love the abstract quality of colors, textures, shapes, and movement of light. I love the ethereal quality of light on a field of native grass and how it changes moment to moment.
Besides the obvious visual aspects of landscape, I am fascinated with the process of organic material in the natural environment. To me, the process of nature speaks about life and death, vulnerability, strength, decay, rebirth and time. It speaks transformation. This is what drives my approach to painting. I like to paint in a way that records the process of nature doing its own work.
In my studio, I am conscious of painting using methods that honor the processes of nature. For example, mists of water added to the surface might drip and then allow gravity to pull, create line or reveal deeper layers of a painting. My work may shimmer or change color moment to moment, depending on where the light hits the surface and where the viewer is standing in relation to that painting. A surface may be built up, buried and then scrapped to reveal texture in a process much like erosion or time.