A visual artist based in Auckland New Zealand, Denise Batchelor works primarily in the mediums of video and photography. Through personal encounters with nature and the immediate world around her, Batchelor explores the subject of connection; those moments in time that evoke a sense of kinship or belonging, of being part of a greater whole. These connections range from subtle nuances to the more distinct, evoking feelings of inclusion or alternately, a sense of separation that may affect a viewer’s perception.
“Contemporary Western culture can create a feeling of separateness in which we often experience nature as somehow outside of ourselves and disconnected from. My work attempts to bridge these seemingly separate worlds, creating a more intimate space in which to connect and engage”.
Capturing moments that simultaneously embrace the familiar, yet reflect the overlooked or unnoticed, these works also explore the relationship between time and place. They are works of contemplation in which an element of duality is present, offering the viewer access to an interstitial space between movement and stillness.
A recipient of the Auckland Regional Parks Residency 2013, Batchelor has exhibited widely in New Zealand in galleries, art centres and festivals and was invited to take part in the 2012 AIVA International Video Festival in Sweden. Batchelor graduated with a Master of Fine Arts (Hons) from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in 2011.