Carol E. Moses

www.carolmoses.com

Influences on my art imagination include mathematics and science and nature, and the drive to communicate, describe, record. I have worked the longest time in non-representational watercolor painting, and in drawing.
The project I will do in Leipzig is an Image and Interview series, with photo portraits and interviews of Leipzig people.

The series includes portrait photography accompanied by a printed text, edited from an interview with the subject, using my own fixed set of questions. This work is appealing to me because I am deeply interested in people, how I see them, how they see themselves.
I am generating a rich impression of the person at that time, and in that context with me. I am fortunate in coming into contact with many interesting people of all sorts of life situations. I have a series of 9 portraits and interviews done in the US, and a series of 17 portraits and interviews, done in Iceland, and a group of 29, from Shetland.

In this work, I am moved by a desire to know, preserve, and present, interesting human beings whom I am in contact with, in my life era. The concept for a photographic record of my contemporaries was partially inspired by the work of Felix Nadar. The interview questions were created by me.

In painting, I feel comfortable and free working in watercolor because it requires me to decide and act, and does not allow me to plan and re-do. My natural ‘logical’ thinking tendency is toward complexity, thinking and re-thinking; examining, editing, perpetual refinement. In watercolor, my work process is quite different – I am forced to commit, and go ahead. In this medium, I work more freely and confidently, without the intermediation of my intention, logic, analysis, etc.

Also I have made some word-paintings which include written word, surrounded by responsive painting. My word-paintings are done when my thoughts about the work going onto the paper are rushing out in words, before color, so I record the words for that work, and then paint to illustrate or support them. They are sometimes created in response to grief, tragedy, or confusion.

The themes in my painting practice deal on a basic level with connection, relation, isolation, distance. The colors and forms resolve or enact forces and fitting connections. There is often a thought of composing a delicate balance between the parts of the image as they are accruing on the paper.

Additionally, I do black and white small drawing constructions, primarily when I am away from the studio.

 

Selected Exhibits

  • SoWa Boston, First Fridays in shared studio #213 – 2016-present
  • Gimme Shelter – Brickbottom – 2018
  • Image and Interview – Íslendingar – SÍM Gallery, Reykjavík – 2017
  • Eyes On: Nature || Urban Landscape – Riverside Gallery – 2016
  • Melt – Brickbottom – 2016
  • Image & Interview, in: Portraits in 6 Media – Riverside Gallery – 2015
  • Vernon Street Open Studios – 2009-present
  • Jamaica Plain Open Studios – Jamaica Plain MA – 2008
  • Beacon Hill Art Walk – Boston – 2006, 2007
  • South End Open Studios – (juried) – Boston 2005, 2006
  • Brickbottom Artists Association Open Studios – Somerville MA – 2002-present
  • SoWa ArtWalk – Boston – 2005, 2006, 2009, 2017-present
  • Fountain Street Open Studios – Framingham MA – 2004, 2005
  • Fuller Museum of Art – juried members show – Brockton MA – 2004
  • Danforth Museum Store – exhibit and sale – Framingham MA – 2003-2005
  • Sidney-Pacific Fall Festival, MIT – Cambridge MA – 2003
  • Under the Influence – Brickbottom – group show – 2003
  • Sumter Gallery for the Arts – Artists Shop – Sumter SC – 2002-2008
  • Gutman Library, Harvard University – group show of own work and of collaborative work – 2000 § 1369 Coffee House – group show – Cambridge MA – 1999
  • Cambridge Artists Open Studios – Cambridge MA – 1996-present
  • Stratus Computer – group show – Marlboro MA – 1995
  • Middle East Restaurant – solo exhibit – Cambridge MA – 1994
  • Harbor Gallery, University of Massachusetts – 8 pieces in juried exhibit – Boston – 1992

Positions/memberships– selected

  • Riverside Gallery – Cambridge MA (Founder, Director; 2009-present)
    Received 10k grant to support my work as director – NLT Foundation (2014)
  • Vernon Street Artists – Somerville MA (Manage group studio)
  • Brickbottom Artists Association – Somerville MA (Non-resident member)
  • Cambridge Arts Marketing Network – Cambridge MA
  • Cambridge Open Studios – Cambridge MA (Hosted guest artist site)
  • Cambridgeport Artists Open Studios (CAOS) – Cambridge MA (past) (Co-chair; steering committee; publicity committee)
  • Fountain Street Studios – Framingham MA (past)
  • APT Artists Peer Group – Boston MA (past)
  • Fuller Museum Artists Circle – Brockton MA (past) (vice-pres.; treas; Introduced peer portfolio review)
  • United South End Artists – Boston MA (past)

Curatorial/Gallerist/Directorial

  • Curator – African American Artists – Passion for a Lifetime – Brickbottom Gallery– Jan-Feb 2021
  • Founder, Director of Riverside Gallery – Cambridge MA 2009 – 2016       Conceived, developed, and implemented exceptional innovative programming of exhibitions Worked with guest curators for group exhibitions of art associations & studio collectives to produce exhibits: (selected) Turtle Studios, Artists Professional Toolbox, NEATA, Boston Comic Roundtable

Residencies

  • Icelandic Artists Association (SÍM) – Image and Interview project – May 2017, Reykjavík
  • Self-residency – Image and Interview project – August 2019, Shetland Islands
  • Leipzig International Art Programs – Image and Interview project – December 2019-Feb2020, Leipzig

Memberships

  • APT Artists Peer Group – Boston MA (past)
  • Brickbottom Artists Association – Somerville MA
  • Cambridge Arts Marketing Network – Cambridge MA
  • Cambridge Artists Association – Cambridge MA
  • Cambridge Open Studios – Cambridge MA
  • Cambridgeport Artists Open Studios (CAOS) – Cambridge MA (past)
  • Fountain Street Studios – Framingham MA (past)
  • Fuller Museum Artists Circle – Brockton MA (past)
  • Riverside Arts Group artists collective – Cambridge MA
  • SÍM resident artist – Samband íslenskra myndlistarmanna – Reykjavík 2017
  • Studio 213, SoWa – Boston, MA
  • United South End Artists – Boston MA
  • Vernon Street Artists – Somerville MA

Education

Middlesex Community College Certificate, System Software Technical Writing Bedford, MA 1994

University of Massachusetts, Boston BA, English BA, Anthropology (language and culture track) Concentrations: East Asian Studies, Linguistics, 1992

Honors and Awards
Graduated Summa Cum Laude; East Asian Studies Student of the Year; Sally M. Goss Prize in Anthropology