Finding the Way Home: Kirsten Moran
Kirsten Moran: Finding the Way Home
Oct. 19 - Nov. 20, 2020
Artist interview video posted Nov. 7
Exhibition Statement: My work explores ancestral and generational relationships through the lenses of the body, land, psyche, and spirit. The journey is a chronicle of the eternal circle of life, death, and life again, the thread that connects all existence. The result is a continual dialogue between the corporeal body we inhabit, the environment we live in and with, and the soul that inhabits us.
My family recently relocated from Charleston, South Carolina, one thousand miles north, back to my home state of Massachusetts. I had not lived here for decades, but I was coming home. The move caused a rupture I didn't expect. I was unrooted. Once we found a place to live that was no longer temporary, Covid-19 hit. The inability to touch my loved ones - who I came back to be close to - made me look outside of my usual way of artmaking to a more tactile medium that involved chemistry, ultra-violet rays, the natural world, and the physical body. My beloveds touch the paper, sit unmoving for some minutes in the sun, and leave an imprint of that moment. The same is true for the new-to-me-again landscape of New England. Discovering and documenting the native flora here has allowed me to connect to this land. Reflecting on my observations reveals more questions about lineage and ancestors, belonging and place, and restoring our planet for future generations to wonder and delight in its splendor. In this practice, the ground becomes familiar again.
Kirsten Moran received her MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design and her BFA in Painting and BA in Cinema from Binghamton University. Moran's recent solo exhibitions include Hold and See at the Rosefsky Gallery at Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY, and Mirror at Beverly Street Studio School Gallery, in Staunton, VA. She was also included in Ineffable Manifestations at Yale's Institute of Sacred Music Miller Hall inaugural art exhibition. She lives and works on the North Shore of Massachusetts and teaches at Montserrat College of Art.