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.
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.
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.
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.
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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