On view in the Sheffer Gallery from May 12 to August 8 is a collection of works by Nancy Moore called Women Telling Stories. There will be a reception and artist talk, with Miggs Burroughs, on Sunday, June 4 from 2 to 4 pm.
With a background as a book editor, Nancy has internalized the art of storytelling, informing her passion as a painter. The need to tell stories and communicate through her artwork has propelled her career as an artist.
In 2005, Yale University invited Nancy to exhibit her paintings of the animal world for one year at the Peabody Museum’s Environmental Sciences Center. Many of those works were of chameleons, which are reminiscent of women and the need to continually shed and grow new emotional and intellectual skin as they adapt to the myriad of roles they assume in order to survive. As time passed, her chameleons began to sport heads and hands, eventually becoming fully realized women. This new direction led to an ongoing series of Unconventional Women, tapping into a rich vein of material which has essentially created a community of women that surround the artist.
Nancy paints primarily on large slices of archival paper, working mainly with watercolor and also with graphite, gouache, metallic paint, colored pencil, and wax crayon. Themes include transformation, ethnography, design, shape-shifting, gender identity, fashion, and creation myth. She is a proud, self-taught artist who revels in the distortion of body proportions and perspectives. The goal is to create narratives from emotion and instinct, that flow from the heart and hand onto the paper. The resulting work resides in many private homes, and in galleries, museums, and other public institutions.
(Image: Nimbus, by Nancy Moore)
Exhibit support provided by The Drew Friedman Community Arts Center
Westport Local Artists