The College of New Jersey, 2002, BFA
Florence Moonan | Art Statement
Music, especially Broadway musicals and opera, is a driving force in my work. This connection is rooted in my childhood performing in local summer-stock theater. Performing evolved into painting as I discovered the ability to express inner emotions by applying color and texture to canvas or wood in an abstract manner. I have an intuitive approach to painting as I make decisions and take advantage of chance revelations. My work is also informed by travel, family history, and the natural world. I currently work with Venetian plaster on board. The plaster’s unique quality helps me produce surfaces that are to me immediately appealing and sensuous much like a beautiful aria. My process includes tinting the plaster then, using a steel scraper, applying multiple coats to the board. Various materials and tools are used for rubbing, scraping, and sanding the surface to uncover buried marks and textures that create a history of where I have been. A unique exploration emerges following this process of adding and subtracting layers, with gestural marks being my viseral reaction to whatever music I am listening to at the moment. Additional mediums such as graphite, oil stick, and Asphaltum are often employed to further enhance the work. It takes a lot of hand rubbing to burnish the surface, but the results produce a tactile texture that is as smooth as a stone tossed by the sea. Each work pushes the direction of the next until all possibilities have been exhausted.
Florence Moonan | Biography
New Jersey artist Florence Moonan, is noted for her tactile abstract paintings. Born in Trenton and raised in Lambertville, she now resides in the tiny borough of Stockton where her studio is located on a hillside along the historic Delaware River Scenic Byway.
Moonan received her Bachelor of Fine Arts summa cum laude from The College of New Jersey. She was recently selected for the NJ Emerging Artist Series 2017-2018 at Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ.
Her work has been included in juried, solo, invited, and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States. It has been recognized with awards from GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Phillips Mill, Ellarslie Open, Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Golden Key Art International, and others.
Recent exhibitions include: Keepers of the Chroma, CCA, Bedminster, NJ; Small Wonders, MFA, Annapolis MD; Chautauqua 60th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Chautauqua, NY. GoggleWorks 11th Annual Juried Exhibition, Reading, PA; Ellarslie Open 34, Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ; Pagus Annual Juried Show, Norristown Arts Building, Norristown, PA; SMI’s ViewPoints 2016, Newark, NJ; Pennswood Art Gallery, Newtown, PA (solo); An Opening Dialogue - The Nature of Abstraction and On Your Radar? (invitational), Trenton City Museum; Summer Solo Series, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA; Viewpoints Invitational Art Exhibition presented by the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Stockton, NJ; Philadelphia’s Art in City Hall: Library of Life; Abstraction Revisited, New Hope Art Center (invitational); In My View (3-person), Trenton City Museum, and Surface Tension (2-person), at Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ.