You suspect that he’s going to be a little quirky from looking at his work (especially those automatons, his preferred term for the robots), but what doesn’t come across is the puckish charm of the fellow: Ed Bateman is delightful. There apparently isn’t much that doesn’t please or interest him. He’s into chocolate and books by John Barth and Haruki Murakami. He enjoys hiking. He doesn’t have pets (too busy) but keeps a rather sad jade plant in his office and a bromeliad at home. Though somewhat shy, he values his role as mentor and the process of interacting with students in the classroom. And on a recent trip to New Orleans he visited a voodoo queen – not for a consultation on his future, but just to inquire about her general outlook on life . . .
Read our Artist Profile of Ed Bateman in the June 2014 edition of 15 Bytes.