Katy Moran’s paintings, despite being small compositions, are physical and evocative, claustrophobic and playful. Existing between representation and abstraction Moran’s work pulls you in, encourages you to find the picture within, the image hidden beneath a wide range of deft, gestural strokes and earthy tones. This is work that demands your attention, is complex and energetic.
Moran’s work is undeniably modern in its process; she often begins by collaging found images and then, through the application of paint – in a style that makes a conscious nod to past masters – deliberately gives accident and chance the opportunity to create something new. This tension between a controlled painterly approach and free gestural mark making creates an abundant energy in her compositions that obfuscates the meaning and creates a new space, a new image of her own making, that seeks to invoke a sensation in the viewer, an emotional quality that comes out of the process of creation. This is not conceptual work, it is the work of an emotional painter.
You can see Katy Moran’s work at The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin from 8th February – 28th March, 2013
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