Opening Reception for New Jersey Emerging Artists Series: Florence Moonan
Date(s) - 03/23/2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monmouth Museum Nilson Gallery
NJ Emerging Artists Series
Monmouth Museum’s New Jersey Emerging Artists Series presents:
Florence Moonan: Variations
Abstract Explorations in Venetian Plaster
On exhibition in the Nilson Gallery from March 23 – April 26, 2018.
Opening Reception: March 23, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk: April 11, 2018, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm; Fri: 10am-9pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm
Music, especially Broadway musicals and opera, is a driving force in my work. This connection is rooted in my childhood performing in local summer-stock theater. Performing evolved into painting as I discovered the ability to express inner emotions by applying color and texture to canvas or wood in an abstract manner. I have an intuitive approach to painting as I make decisions and take advantage of chance revelations. My work is also informed by travel, family history, and the natural world. I currently work with Venetian plaster on board. The plaster’s unique quality helps me produce surfaces that are immediately appealing and as sensuous as a beautiful aria. Various materials and tools are used for rubbing, scraping, and sanding the surface to uncover buried marks and textures that create a history of where I have been. A unique exploration emerges following this process of adding and subtracting layers. At times, bold gestural marks originate from visceral reactions to music. Additional mediums such as graphite, oil stick, and Asphaltum are often employed to further enhance the work. Each work pushes the direction of the next until all possibilities have been exhausted.