My artwork emulates industrial decay, archaeological artifacts, and processes of geologic change. As a child and teenager, I enjoyed building things out of abandoned materials and exploring ruined houses and strange, forgotten places. I loved old things, deeply worn with texture and meaning.
In college, I first majored in ecology, where I was fascinated with the processes of geologic change. I later switched to focus on art history and became particularly interested in the lavish botanical beauty of Art Nouveau and Rococo. Abstract Expressionism and automatist surrealism are also major influences on my work.
In the past several years, I’ve been disabled with a severe neuroimmune-metabolic chronic illness called CFS/ME. I no longer explore a lot of abandoned buildings, and am mostly housebound. Much of my work is created in bed, where I spend 95% of my time. For this reason, working at a small size – usually just 5” x 5” – is ideal.
I live at the edge of beautiful Phillips Lake in central Maine, where the ice, water, shoreline and glacial rocks are regularly rendered in spectacular colors by the sunrises and sunsets over the mountains. However, before I lived here, I traveled all over the United States by bicycle, car, train and bus. My art explores the colors and textures of wild and re-wilding places, from the red sandstone formations of Arizona to sun-dappled, green coastal marshes of the Mississippi delta, to old factories bathed in light and creeping vines and Louisiana creekbeds and abandoned barns.
I’m interested in processes of weathering, sedimentation, rust, peeling, cracking and wearing away of surfaces.Abandoned human spaces provide a liminal zone where the nonhuman encroaches upon familiar forms and meanings.
My artwork has been represented in many private collections throughout Maine and the world since I was 16 years old. I hope my artwork will add something very special and unique to your collection.
Texturework: Paintings by Zeraph Dylan Moore. Three Turtle Collaborative. Bangor, Maine. 2013.
Hallowed Ground, Forgotten Voices. Merrymeeting Arts Center/Maine Humanities Council. Bowdoinham, Maine. 2016.
One Lupine Fiber Arts. Bangor, Maine. 2017.
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Zeraph Dylan Moore