Thomas Moore

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Untitled (Diptych), 2014 Acrylic On Panel 96" X 72"
Projection, 2013 Acrylic On Panel 48" X 32"
Untitled, 2013 Acrylic On Panel 48" X 32"
Untitled, 2013 Acrylic On Panel 48" X 32"
Untitled, 2013 Acrylic On Panel 36" X 28"
Untitled, 2013 Acrylic On Panel 36" X 28"
Untitled, 2013 Acrylic On Panel 36" X 28"
Quick Facts
Lives in
St. Louis
Works in
St. Louis
Washington University in St. Louis, 2015, MFA
mixed-media, conceptual, landscape, surrealism

My practice explores the ways in which we inhabit and negotiate the intersection of the digital and physical realm in the contemporary context. The increasing fusion of technology with our surrounding has led to the perceived dematerialization of space because of our ability to access the digital realm from any location. There is a shift in our attention when we access digital space, the awareness of our surroundings shifts as our attention is focused inside an intangible environment. This merge of the physical and the digital space has led to an unprecedented interconnectedness of people, spaces, ideas, and has also led to an oversaturation of visual information and stimulation. The complexity of the contemporary environment is manifested through the layering of information and the ambiguity of social and political structures as evidenced within information spaces such as the internet and social media.

I work with mixed technique paintings that incorporate silk-screening print processes and collage elements. Through the dialogue between the meditative quality of brushstrokes, the ethereal quality of silkscreened photographs, and the immediacy of flat abstract shapes, I create landscapes of the multilayered reality we inhabit. The layering of different modes of representation points toward the accumulation of memory and information in the digital and physical spaces we inhabit. I explore different ways of manipulating materials to influence the viewers’ attention and the time they spend with each area of the painting as a reference to how our attention is directed by the digital and physical spaces we inhabit.

Virtual environments offer the simultaneity of multiple perspectives, vantage points, and temporalities. Abstraction provides a framework that helps describe contemporary spatial arrangements. This mode of representation is an essential element of the syntax of digital space. I examine the clutter and fragmentation of instant visual information through the process of painting, which in turn exposes the value of focused attention in understanding and navigating the increasing complexity of our interaction with the contemporary environment.