Blue Flowers (Night)
This painting depicts a field of personified flowers, each with its own face. The flowers' melancholy expressions match the color palette, which evokes the night. This work is part of a series by the artist influenced by the ancient Latin poet Ovid’s poem The Metamorphoses and cartoons like Merry Melodies and Looney Toons. In both sets of narratives, there is a crossover from the human world to the natural/animal world. Humans become animals, while plants have human traits. This painting explores the eerie and humorous space that connects these two realms.
Sarah Alice Moran bleeds and soaks pigments onto unprimed canvas to create magic paintings that conjure a primal feminine force. In Moran’s universe, there is darkness in rainbows, comfort in the presence of ghosts and an entire bestiary of supernatural familiars. The artist's compositions contain contradictions, often overlaying flat iconography atop scenes with depth and realism while combining humor with the macabre. At the same time, the artist creates fully-realized characters with a minimum of mark-making. Moran's paintings aim to redefine power and strength by highlighting moments of intuition, communication and contemplation. The artist's work is witchy in the ancient, alchemical, abject-feminine sense; yet, it is also grounded in our contemporary moment, with influences ranging from the painter Balthus to the cartoon character Scooby-Doo.
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Sarah Alice Moran’s magic paintings conjure a primal feminine force, exploring darkness in rainbows and the comforting presence of ghosts. The artist bleeds and soaks pigments onto unprimed canvas to create her compositions, and often overlays flat iconography on top of realist scenes that feature lots of depth. Combining humor with the macabre—as well as ancient and contemporary references—Moran’s work seeks to redefine power and strength by highlighting moments of intuition, communication and contemplation.
Sarah Alice Moran was born in 1982. The artist received an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Massachusetts in 2010.
Exhibitions of Moran’s work have taken place at: Smoke the Moon in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2022); Shelter Gallery in New York City (2022); Ladies’ Room in Los Angeles, California (2021); Greenpoint Terminal Gallery in Brooklyn, New York (2021); Field Projects in New York City (2020); 1969 Gallery in New York City (2019); C24 Gallery in New York City (2019); the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York (2018); and Monya Rowe Gallery in New York City (2017).
Moran has participated in residencies at: Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, Colorado; The Wassaic Project in Wassaic, New York; and Can Serrat in Spain.
Moran lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
This painting depicts a field of personified flowers, each with its own face. The flowers' melancholy expressions match the color palette, which evokes the night.More