Zeraph Dylan Moore is a Maine-based mixed-media abstract artist obsessed with texture, subtle tonal shifts and brilliant color. His work incorporates acrylics, paper, inks, gold and silver leaf, enameled copper, and embroidery. Copper scrap is repurposed, shaped, cut and enameled in a kiln, then sewn to the canvas.
The canvas itself is collaged in textured and sometimes printed papers, including tissue paper custom-printed with Dylan’s digital “glitch” artworks. These digital artworks are created from photos taken of the Maine landscape, then run through processes that corrupt the image in unpredictable ways. Ink, metal leaf, and embroidery thread finish off many pieces.
The processes that Dylan uses to create these artworks, including the use of enameled copper and printed tissue paper, are unique and created by him especially for this body of work.
Above: Textured paper together with iridescent paints and powders create a painting with a complex relationship to the changing light.
In these works, Dylan explores the colors and textures of natural places, from the coastal estuaries of Maine to the red sandstone formations of Arizona to the green coastal marshes of the Mississippi delta. Dylan is well-travelled across the United States by car, bicycle, and train and has been visually inspired by many diverse ecologies and landscapes encountered there. In 2007, he worked as a wetlands rehabilitator on the Mississippi gulf coast after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and experienced the lush and jungle-like marshes and swamps of that area, which often are referenced in his work.
Returning to Maine, he pursued a degree in ecology but left as he realized his interest in the natural world was artistic more than purely scientific. Additionally he had also begun to suffer from a severe neuro-immune metabolic illness called CFS/ME (chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis). This disease changed his life radically, resulting in a deeper investment in art, spirituality, and simply being present.
Today Dylan lives on Phillips Lake in Dedham, Maine near his hometown of Eddington. He has spent further time working on his studies with a focus on art history, where he has been inspired by the lavish botanical beauty of Art Nouveau and Rococo and the simplicity of the abstract expressionists mixed with a dose of the lyrical playfulness of automatist surrealism.
Artist photo by Lucid Grafx Photography
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Zeraph Dylan Moore