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Karen Moss
updated: 09/07/2008
website: www.karenmoss.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Production Line
Transaction
Greed
What Remains
Why The Bear?
Pumpkin Worship
She's Got The Money
The Street
The Watchers
The Deluge
Gnome Uprooted
Escape
Who's Next
Peaceable Kingdom Redoux
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  collage, science, nature, animals, cartoon, childhood, consumer culture, gender/sexuality, narrative, social criticism
 
 
Production Line by Karen Moss
Production Line
walnut ink
2007
26" x  40" 
Transaction by Karen Moss
Transaction
walnut ink
2007
2" x  0" 
Greed by Karen Moss
Greed
walnut ink
2007
26" x  40" 
What Remains by Karen Moss
What Remains
walnut ink
2007
26" x  40" 
Why The Bear? by Karen Moss
Why The Bear?
walnut ink
2006
30" x  22" 
Pumpkin Worship by Karen Moss
Pumpkin Worship
walnut ink
2006
22" x  30" 
She's Got The Money by Karen Moss
She's Got The Money
walnut ink
2007
30" x  22" 
The Street by Karen Moss
The Street
acryllic paint on paper
2007
42" x  64" 
The Watchers by Karen Moss
The Watchers
acryllic paint on paper
2008
48" x  48" 
The Deluge by Karen Moss
The Deluge
acryllic on paper collage
2008
45" x  48 1/2" 
Gnome Uprooted by Karen Moss
Gnome Uprooted
acryllic paint on cut paper collage
2008
43" x  49 1/2" 
Escape by Karen Moss
Escape
acryllic paint on cut paper collage
2008
38" x  14 1/4" 
Who's Next by Karen Moss
Who's Next
acryllic paint on cut paper collage
2008
49" x  47" 
Peaceable Kingdom Redoux by Karen Moss
Peaceable Kingdom Redoux
acryllic paint on cut paper collage
2008
61 1/2" x  48" 

Artist Statement
In this group of drawings I juxtapose images culled from diverse sources such as vintage coloring books, children’s workbooks, consumer catalogues and history of art. I employ pop-culture images of children and animals, sometimes altering their forms and placing them in unlikely settings. My ideas come from newspapers and public radio where I am informed of the important issues of our time. In the last two years I have explored subjects such as environmental destruction, eating disorders, genetic engineering, consumerism, violent behavior in children and global warming to name a few. This work is a way of creating dialogue about critical and often divisive subjects by engaging the viewer through non-threatening imagery.

News media reminds us of the follies and failings of humanity, which remain the same throughout the ages. I have recently been thinking about the theme of the Seven Deadly Sins as portrayed in the work of Breugel. The drawings “Insatiable” and “Greed” focus on gluttony, which I regard as a metaphor for our insatiable appetite for consumption. We are bombarded day and night with advertising encouraging us to eat unhealthy things, buy unnecessary products, spend beyond our means and be continually entertained. In such a culture of desire, we are never truly satisfied.

The latest in this series titled, “What Remains”, depicts a desert environment inhabited by the only survivors of a severe drought. The landscape dotted with Golden Arches is the only reminder that there had once been human habitation.

I prefer to use walnut ink as it conjures up the quality of Tiepolo’s ink drawings with their delicate line and layered washes. I like the dissonance created by using contemporary subject matter and Rococo style.

Artist Bio / CV
Education:
1974, MFA, Tufts University/Boston Museum School, MA
1966, BFA, European Honors Program, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Selected Collections:

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AS
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
Boston Public Library Collection, Boston, MA
De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham , MA
Vassar College Art Collection, Poughkeepsie, NY

Selected Exhibitions:

2007 7th Biennial, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Coloring Books Hybrids: An Artist Reinterprets Childhood, Pepper Gallery, Boston
2005 Childhood Revisited, M.Y. Art Prospects Gallery, New York, NY
2004 Dissolution/Transformations, NAO Gallery, Boston, MA
2001 What I Never Learned in School, Cambridge Multicultural Art Center,
Cambridge, MA (solo)
2000 Images of the New World: Conversations With History, Museum of Our
National Heritage, Lexington, MA
1996 Nature Transformed: Fragments of Metaphor and Meaning, Clark University, Worcester, MA
1998 Conversations With History: Images from the Diaries of Three Voyagers,
Creiger-Dane Gallery, Boston, MA
1994 Fingerprint Project, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
1983 Addison-Ripley Gallery, Washington, DC
1982 Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York
1980 Leah Levy Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1976 Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
1976 Boston Watercolor Today, Boston Museum of Fine Arts

AWARDS

1966 European Honors Program, Rhode Island School of Design in Rome, Italy
1972 Blanche E. Coleman Award
1976,1977 and 1984 Massachusetts Arts and Humanities Foundation, Finalist in Painting
1977 Mural Commission, Mass Bay Transit Authority (MBTA), North Station
1982 Bunting Institute Fellowship, Harvard University, Finalist
1990 American Pen Women, Finalist