CREATORS – Laura Moriarty


Name: Laura Moriarty

Which came first in your life, the science or the art?

Art came first. But I have always been inclined toward a scientific practice, which involves study, collecting, categorizing, experimenting, etc. Science is naturally part of my aesthetic, but aside from a keen interest, I have no formal science background.


Normal Faults

Which sciences relate to your art practice?

I take a great deal of poetic license with the earth sciences.



What materials do you use to create your artworks?

I have been working almost exclusively with encaustic or pigmented beeswax for more than twenty years. I work with it in a molten state, often pouring it in layers. Temperature is important and the process of heating and cooling: both as it relates to my studio work and as it applies to our environment. It is indicative of the way I have come to draw parallels through my work between human time and geologic time.

Churches 1

Churches 2a

Churches 6

Artwork/Exhibition you are most proud of:

I published an artist’s book in 2012 that I remain very proud of, and really grateful for the all-around experience of making it happen. The book is called Table of Contents, and it is an artist’s book in the subtle guise of a geology textbook. It has essays by Dieter Roelstraete, Kate McCoy, Jamie Kruse & Elizabeth Ellsworth (aka smudge studio), and a great, smart design by Suzanne Giovanetti.

Gemspread, a fold-out feature in the section, ORIGINS & EVOLUTION

Which scientists and/or artists inspire and/or have influenced you?

So many! When I was a young artist, John Cage opened my imagination to the deep potential of process-driven work, and a lot of that original spark of excitement and inspiration has remained permanently with me. I think if I had to give credit to one important influence it would have to be writer, John McPhee.

Thufa 1

Thufa 4

Is there anything else you want to tell us?

I had my first solo museum show at the Aidron Duckworth Museum in beautiful New Hampshire.

Artist Links: Instagram

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About the Author
Cat Lau

Cat Lau

Cat is a science communicator. Despite being formally trained as a behavioural neuroscientist, Catherine has let her artistic side flourish in an effort to communicate science in a creative manner. Drawing inspiration from neuroscience and her own research, she has created mixed media pieces that were winning entries at Laurentian University’s ICEBATS (art and science) competition and Newfoundland & Labrador’s Arts and Letters Awards Program. Catherine has harnessed a diverse skill set through experiences in science writing, educational programming, exhibit design/prototyping and digital media production. Her interest in using art to communicate science has inspired her research in Canadian art-science organizations and programs. Ultimately, she hopes to develop resources that will contribute to the growth of art-science collaborations and science culture. Twitter: @scicommcat