Denise Batchelor

Denise Batchelor is a visual artist based in Hokianga, in the far north of New Zealand. Working primarily in digital media, both still and moving image, Batchelor’s work reflects personal encounters within nature; quiet moments of reflection within which deeper connections can be experienced. These connections range from subtle nuances to the more distinct, evoking feelings of inclusion or alternately, a sense of separation. 

“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, her work also explores the relationship between time and place. Responding to site-specific environments, Batchelor creates 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 galleries, art centres and festivals in New Zealand and more recently, internationally. Her work is held in public and private collections. Batchelor graduated Master of Fine Arts (Hons) from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in 2011.

Selected Exhibitions

Blue Series, Festival of Photography, Orexart, 15 Putiki St, Arch Hill, Auckland
Wilderness, Water & Wind, Nathan Homestead, Auckland
Water, Geoff Wilson Gallery, Northtec, Whangarei
3D, Village Arts Gallery, Kohukohu

Kauri Ora Mauri Ora, Whangarei Art Museum, Whangarei
Frame Works, Auction for Asylum Seeker Support Trust, CBD Auckland
Video (part of a selection shown), Cindy Sherman: Symposium, City Art Gallery, Wellington

Art Is A Living Thing, Aratoi Museum Of Art & History, Masterton
New Zealand Sculpture On The Shore, Fort Takapuna, Auckland
Paper Forest, Onboard Swale, Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, New York, (USA)
All In, Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville
Natura Naturans, A Moving Image Survey, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga
The Present Occupies No Space, Wallace Art Centre, Auckland
Just One Breath, Wairarapa Aratoi Museum Of Art & History, Masterton

Stranded, Mason's Screen, Mason Lane, Wellington
Denise Batchelor, 30 Upstairs, Wellington
The Forest Breathes / Tane-Whakapiripiri, Nathan Homestead, Manurewa,
Nuku: Symbols Of Mana, Dowse Art Museum, Wellington
The Performance Arcade - Av Series, Wellington

10th Biennial Sculpture On Shore, Fort Takapuna, Devonport, Auckland
Braveheart Art Exhibition, Pavilion 6, Asb Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland
Singular Visions, The Cellar, Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson, Auckland
The Next Station Is..., Circle Gallery, Newmarket, Auckland
The Spine Of The Land / Te Ua O Te Whenua, Papakura Gallery, Auckland
Parkin Prize Finalists Exhibition, Academy Of Fine Arts, Wellington
Exhibition 1, Artbase.Org Gallery, 78 Coates Ave, Auckland
Waikato River Art Awards, Hamilton
A Way Of Seeing, Arataki Visitor Centre, Waitakere Ranges Regional
Park, Auckland
The Wallace Art Awards Finalists Travelling Exhibition, Wallace
Gallery, Morrinsville
Tools Of The Trade, Paul Nache Gallery, Gisborne

2013/14 The Wallace Art Awards Finalists Travelling Exhibition, Pataka
Museum Of Arts & Cultures, Porirua

Just Breathe - National Contemporary Art Awards, Waikato Museum, Hamilton
Oscillate - 22nd Annual Wallace Art Awards 2013, Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland
Off The Wall - Artists Films Alfresco - Auckland Art Week, Fencibles
Walkway/Park, Howick (Courtesy Of Uxbridge Art)