Sperone Westwater is pleased to showcase an online presentation of recent work by British artist Katy Moran, including Lockdown Lynn, green, 2020, created during the artist’s quarantine at her home in Hertfordshire.
In describing this new work, Moran states, “I was drawn to a predominantly green palette. This was partly inspired by a new habit of walking to my studio through lush green surroundings and guided meditations I was doing with a Feng Shui Master. On a daily basis, I would visualize emptying out old belief systems which were seen as occupying physical space in the body and replace them with new ones, filling the now empty spaces with colours, one such colour being emerald green to symbolize healing.”
These new paintings exemplify Moran’s ongoing exploration of the relationship between space and color, a primary concern throughout her aesthetic practice. The tone of each work varies through light or reference to landscape—frequently implied but never depicted outright—symbolizing moments of personal revelation. Layered, loose brushwork demonstrates the intensity of Moran’s paint handling, characterized by her distinctive color choices and dynamic gestures. This sense of physicality is further enhanced by the utilization of found frames, often scavenged from thrift stores and local vintage shops. The balance of energy between dynamic surface and palette have a stabilizing effect, as evidenced by the selections in this exhibition.
Katy Moran lives and works in Hertfordshire. She was born in Manchester in 1975 and completed an MA Fine Art in painting at the Royal College of Art, London in 2005. Moran’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Parasol Unit for Contemporary Art, London (2015); the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2013); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2010); Tate St. Ives (2009); and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK (2008). Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at Tate St. Ives (2018); Aspen Art Museum (2015); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2013); SFMOMA (2012); and Tate Britain, London (2008). Her work is included in important public and private collections including Arts Council Collection, London; David Roberts Art Foundation; Government Art Collection, London; The Rachofsky Collection, Dallas; Royal College of Art, London; Tate; SFMOMA; Walker Art Center; and Zabludowicz Collection.
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