Congratulations to Whitecliffe Masters of Fine Arts graduate Denise Batchelor who has been selected to be the 2013 Artist in Residence by the Auckland Parks, Recreation and Heritage Forum to capture an important regional park on film. Denise will live within the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park for eight weeks creating original work inspired by her surroundings, and opening people’s ears and eyes to hidden creatures and features within the park.
Auckland Councillor Sandra Coney, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Heritage Forum and part of the residency selection panel, says “Ms Batchelor has a talent for capturing the overlooked and undernoticed. We can’t wait to see what she discovers in the Waitakeres through her lens. This is also the first time we’ve selected a filmmaker for our residency."
Denise, an Oratia local, makes mesmerising mini-films, capturing transitions and serendipitous events of nature. Her work is immersive and sensory and sometimes features small details or parts of a being. She creates small vignettes that reveal something of the character of our creatures. Denise’s understated yet alluring work may later be shown at the Arataki Visitor Centre. She will be at work in the park during October and November this year.
Applications for the Artist In Residence 2014 are open Dec 2013 and close Feb 2014.
Denise Batchelor, Kingfisher, 2010.