My work attempts to find a perpetual state of creation for me as an artist to exist within. Before beginning a piece, I create a motif from which the new work can depart, utilizing simple means such as pencils, markers, paint, or pen on paper. Each motif I create is based on simplicity, flexibility, and its ability to change into something more interesting along the way. Fitting this motif into a larger system of application, I search for a specific way with which that motif can act within its environment. As the piece grows, I look to extend the process as long as possible until it feels finished or until the system has exhausted itself. Though the confines I place upon each piece may seem dictatorial, each piece follows its own muse and ends in places that I could only vaguely sense when I originally set out. There is no real significance in each mark other than that they excite something visually within me. Ultimately, my true goal is to settle into a constant state of creative activity with limited meaning other than the meaning that the act of creation itself holds. There is a sense of purity that I admire in working this way. The cold, mechanical nature that each piece functions within is tempered by a very emotive, instinctual awareness of where I hope each piece will go. Unlike other rule-based artists, it becomes crucial that I personally make each mark so that it becomes an unpredictable interpretation of the system through my hand rather than a pre-ordained conclusion. Ultimately, my work can only be fully realized when the piece is seen in its entirety, when the process of working and the end result are seen simultaneously. This duality allows the viewer to see the drawings in two lights: one as a massive, time-consuming undertaking as evidenced by the accumulation of tiny marks and two, as a completed whole, as seen by the summation of the parts. You are given the end result and get to reflect on what led to it.
Artist Bio / CV
Zach Mory went to undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, receiving his degrees in 2005, 2007, and 2008 respectively. Over the past five years, Zach has taught at UW-Madison, Lawrence University, Ripon College, Carthage College, Waubonsee Community College, and the College of DuPage.
Three years ago, Zach enrolled in graphic design classes at the College of DuPage where he recently finished his AAS. He was fortunate enough to win Best Portfolio and Best Illustration at COD's Portfolio Night 2013. He continues to create drawings while branching into the world of design as well. You can view his artwork at zachmory.com and his design work at zachmorydesign.com