The Art Academy of Cincinnati is pleased to present "Still Lifes from My Perspective," Kathy A. Moore's body of work that consists of drawings that result from intense visual observations made directly from the still-life motif. In each of the 20 large drawings, Moore aims to place the viewer within her selected and immediate perspective. Moore often leaves her drawings with layers of pentimenti, visible underlying marks, giving the viewer an indication of part of the artist's process.
Jean-Baptiste Chardin's still-life works have had an influence upon how Moore perceives light within her own work. She says that whenever she studies one of Chardin's works, it seems that he places as much importance on painting the light within the space as the objects themselves. Moore says further "it seems that he has found a way to paint 'the air.'"
Moore's process is to approach still-life work very slowly, visually cropping as she studies the motif. She may come in close and look down. Or perhaps simply back up and move two feet to the left or right and discover a whole new point of view. Once Moore has decided upon a composition, she marks the floor with masking tape in order to maintain her exact perspective then places her drawing board five to six feet away from herself.
Moore's process involves starting each work by drawing with a black Conte crayon. Standing on her marked position, she studies her motif and then walks up quickly to the drawing board. She makes her marks with the Conte crayon and then returns to the marked position. Back and forth...working fast...it's almost like a dance. The process keeps the artist's body physically engaged and her thoughts focused as she responds to the image as it develops on the paper's surface.
She follows with thinned white Gesso as a somewhat transparent application and paints directly into the drawing. She uses it in a subtractive manner to push some of her marks back from the picture plane. The Gesso also dissolves some of the Conte crayon marks, creating unexpected tones. It dries quickly, and she goes back into the drawing with Conte crayon and re-establishes the forms. She finishes by using undiluted Gesso as an opaque medium to establish areas that she wants to feel 'bathed' in light. Moore aspires to capture a moment of stillness in time within her drawings and to convey a subtle quality of mystery within a luminous environment.
Kathy A. Moore is an adjunct art faculty member in the "College for Life-Long Learning Program" at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH and the drawing program at Edison Community College in Piqua, OH. Since 2005 she has taught oil painting and drawing at Troy-Hayner Cultural Center in Troy, OH. Her exhibition history and career include nearly 30 national juried and invitational exhibitions, 25 reviews and other publications, and 11 awards. Visit www.kathyamoore.com.
Exhibition Dates: September 9 - October 7, 2011
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, September 14, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Artist's Reception: Final Friday, September 30, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
The Exhibition, Gallery Talk on September 14, and the Final Friday Reception on September 30 are free and open to the
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