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."  -

CIRCUIT Resources

Podcast with Mark Amery

CIRCUIT Projects

Home Movies, AURA Festival of Artist Moving Images, Wellington (2019)
Masons Screen, Wellington (2016)

Selected Exhibitions

Ebb, Mokopōpaki, Auckland

Wilderness, Water & Wind (solo), Papakura Art Gallery, Auckland
Home Movies, AURA Festival of Artist Moving Images, Wellington

Auckland Festival of Photography, Auckland
Water, Geoff Wilson Gallery, Northtec, Whangarei
3D, Village Arts Gallery, Kohukohu

Kauri Ora Mauri Ora, Whangarei Art Museum, Whangarei

Natura Naturans, A Moving Image Survey (solo), Tauranga Art Gallery
Just One Breath (solo) Wairarapa Aratoi Museum Of Art & History, Masterton
Art Is A Living Thing, Aratoi Museum Of Art & History, Masterton

New Zealand Sculpture On The Shore, Fort Takapuna, Auckland
Paper Forest, Swale, Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, New York, USA
The Present Occupies No Space, Wallace Art Centre, Auckland

Denise Batchelor (solo), 30 Upstairs, Wellington
The Forest Breathes / Tane-Whakapiripiri, Nathan Homestead, Manurewa, Auckland
Nuku: Symbols Of Mana, Dowse Art Museum, Wellington
Stranded, Mason's Screen, Mason Lane, Wellington