Coos Art Museum
Big Girls and Bad Air
December 11, 2020 - January 30, 2021
The City of Auburn
Events and Community Gallery
November 21, 2019 - January 8, 2020
This newest exhibition, Primarily, is a combination, a continuation and an opportunity to expand the ideas of my anxious circles series. This work is a response to that sense of hopelessness in humankind. A response to the lost cause, the forgotten person and the lonely figure. This solo exhibition is about the continued research into relationships, loss and the primary force that keeps each of us in Hope.
My work is consistently about a response to loss, reconciliation and my relationship with God. The writings of C. S. Lewis has inspired much of my work, including this body of work. Lewis' book, A Grief Observed was a major influence for Primarily. In his book, he writes of loss, love and continuing to live without the love of his life. He writes about humans being like circles who touch and complete each other. The way C. S. Lewis writes about his loss and the great love he shared with another person, holds a truth that I want to experience in my own life. I want that kind of openness with others. The circles dance about searching for each other, hoping to be transformed by love and truth, even if loss is inevitable.
This work has also been inspired by Wassily Kandinsky, Sonia Delaunay and the collection of Russian Icons that are part of the permanent collection at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. The palette was highly influenced by the Russian Icons, while the shapes and sense of play came from the works of both Kandinsky and Delaunay.
M. V. Moran earned her MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Moran has a BFA in Painting from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. After several years of working at the UO in Student Services, she resigned from her position and began her dream of becoming a professional artist. She exhibits extensively and has been invited to show new work at the Coos Art Museum in 2020. Moran is also an Adjunct Professor of Art at NCU in Eugene, Oregon.
M. V. Moran
yellow number seven
acrylic on canvas