The Fine Arts Department is proud to present our 1st of 3 commissioned works to be completed this 20-21 academic year as part of our Stages of Equity initiative to bring Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation to our campus community.
Our first featured work includes a piece completed by Moira Bateman of Minneapolis, titled:
Transform, iridescent vinyl on board, 78”x216”, 2020.
The large format of this welcoming art piece is an inviting message for our students and one that we hope reflects our commitment to creating an inclusive environment for all.
Explore the gallery in a 3d interactive way here:
Interview with the artist:
How would you describe your artistic practice?
I am an abstract artist. I like making artwork by piecing shapes together into a kind of assemblage. My work is often focused on the natural world and waterways.
What is your creative process like?
I tend to work intuitively and experimentally. I like to try new materials and processes. The processes I use to make my work matter to me and often will drive the outcome. I think about how to streamline and simplify my work, the materials and process. I pay attention to the tiny details as well as the overall, large scale.
What has been a seminal experience that inspired you?
The biggest impact on my work as an artist is my education in landscape architecture and its focus on ecology.
Explain the scope of your work here at NHCC in 100 words.
The mural measures 7 by 18 feet. It is an assemblage made of various cut out shapes of vinyl laid next to and on each other. An abstraction of the word “transform”, the piece was designed specifically for students in the fine arts. It can symbolize their own transformations as they grow and create during their time at the school. The holographic and reflective qualities of the piece were used so its colors will change depending on light, shadow, and position. Colors change for the viewer as they walk by. Light and shadow interplay and transform the piece itself.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
I pursue themes of time, change and life itself.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
In addition to being an artist, in the past I have worked in the field of landscape architecture.
Should art be funded? What role does arts funding have?
I support funding for the arts. Funding for artists can help create important artwork that can benefit people’s lives.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
The best advice is so simple but may take a lifetime to accomplish: “be you”.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Thank you for the opportunity to make this mural at NHCC. I hope everyone will enjoy it’s playful, changing colors along with its message.
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