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Laura Moriarty

Laura Moriarty was born in Beacon, New York in 1960. A self-taught artist, Moriarty’s work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Artspace, New Haven, Connecticut, The Samuel Dorsky Art Museum, Conrad-Wilde Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, The International Print Center, New York (IPCNY), and The Albany International Airport Gallery. Moriarty has been honored with two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants, along with grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Crafts Alliance of New York State, and most recently, a United States Artists Project Grant. She has participated in many guest lectures and residencies nationally and internationally, including the NOCCA Institute in New Orleans, Centrum Frans Masereel in Belgium, and the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. Her works are included in the collections of the New York Public Library, The Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, Ohio, the Flemish Ministry of Culture, Antwerp, Belgium, and the Jyväskylä Art Museum Holvi, Finland. The artist lives and works in the Hudson Valley Region of New York State.

I work at the boundary of painting and sculpture, making installations and pedestal-based works that are an elaboration of visual information. Referencing diagrams found in earth science textbooks, I study the way events and phenomena occur in the geological time scale, creating micro/macro records in paint of what happens below a terrain's surface.

My current body of work comprises a series of empirical demonstrations that contemplate and compare human and geologic time. These scaled-down interpretations of larger occurrences are not only an indication of the features of the earth and lengths of events; they are core samples of the act of painting, promoting innovation in the timeworn study of process and materials.