Florence Moonan | Art Statement
Abstract painting provides the freedom I need to express my internal emotions through color and texture. I am a painter who loves the element of surprise—the happy accident, the bold gesture, the experimental, the destruction which leads to beauty—the process! I am filled with anticipation about how the work will unfold. It is a mystery waiting to be revealed to me and to be discovered by the viewer. Concerns in my artworks spring from bits and pieces from my memories, life events, family mementos, travel, and above all, music. While listening to the music of Puccini I am transported. If I can’t sing it, I will paint it.
I paint primarily with acrylic and acrylic mediums, and in recent years have been experimenting with other media. At present, I am working with Venetian plaster. Its unique quality helps me to produce surfaces that are immediately appealing and sensuous as a beautiful aria. My process includes building layers, scraping, erasing, rubbing, and sanding through the surface to uncover buried marks and textures that create a history of where I have been. A variety of tools are used to create unique marks and patterns as I make decisions and take advantage of the unexpected. Although the texture on my artwork appears to be raised, it is carefully hand sanded to achieve a smooth finish. Each work pushes the direction of the next until I have exhausted the possibilities. I think Edward Hopper got it right when he said, “If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” For me, it’s as simple as that.
Florence Moonan | Biography
Painter, and mixed media artist, Florence Moonan, was born in Trenton, NJ and raised in Lambertville, but Stockton has been her home for many years now. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts summa cum laude from The College of New Jersey in 2002. Her paintings have been selected for numerous juried shows, solo, invited and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Current and upcoming events include: PAGUS 2016 Annual Art Show, Norristown Arts Building, Norristown, PA; Phillips’ Mill 87th Annual Art Show, New Hope, PA; HAM 2016 Annual Members Exhibition, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; Artist Council of Princeton 2016 Members Exhibition, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton, NJ; New Hope Arts Members’ Salon Exhibition 2016, New Hope, PA; NEXUS, Arts Guild NJ’s 2016 International Juried Exhibition, Rahway, NJ.
Her work was recently included in SMI’s Viewpoints 2016 at Aljira—a Center for Contemporary Arts, Newark, NJ; Langhorne Council for the Arts (LCA) Sumer Speakers Series, June 2016; Ellarslie Open 33 at the Trenton City Museum; Sculpture New Hope 2016, New Hope Arts Center and Pennswood Art Gallery (solo), Newtown, PA (2015-2016). She was honored to be featured artist of the month on Discover JERSEY ARTS virtual gallery, February 2016. Selected events in 2015 included: Aria, Kol Ami Gallery (solo), Elkins Park, PA; Creative Tension, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ; Phillips’ Mill 86th Annual, New Hope, PA and An Opening Dialogue - The Nature of Abstraction and On Your Radar? (invitational), Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ. Selected events in 2014 were: Summer Solo Series, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA and Stirring Surfaces, The Gallery at Hillside Square (solo) in Montclair, NJ. Other honors include: Viewpoints Invitational Art Exhibition presented by the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission (2013); Philadelphia’s Art in City Hall 2013: Library of Life; Abstraction Revisited at New Hope Art Center and In My View, a solo exhibition in the Main Gallery at Trenton City Museum (2013). Stirring Surfaces, a two-person show with stone sculptor, Ayami Aoyama at Mercer County Community College took place in 2012. Moonan’s artwork is held in the permanent collection of The College of New Jersey, Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission (2), BARC Developmental Services and the Family Service Association of Bucks County. It has been recognized with awards from the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Phillips Mill, Ellarslie Open IX, Golden Key Art International, and others. Moonan is included in Doris Brande’s book, Artists of the River Towns. (www.florencemoonan.artspan.com)