Timestacking Photography by Mark Weller

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My art work investigates the playful movement of a body as essential to understanding and experiencing spaces or objects. Inspired by Susan Best's book, Visualizing Feeling: Affect and the Feminine Avant-garde, I am interested in exploring how art relates to interpretation of feeling, emotion, and affect. My work explores tactility, and its ability to immaterially communicate feeling. I use the playful movement of a body to increase energy, release positive endorphins and improve memory.

I transform a space into a whimsical and immersive environment using colorful patterns, textures, and ornamentation. My intricate patterns and design elements playfully change and transform as individuals walk through my installations. I weave together a combination of large scale sheets of paper, and highly textured hand cut paper and fabric. Movement is required to fully view my work.

Individuals walking back and forth through a space have a new experience with their second or third viewing of my installations. Play increases energy and releases positive endorphins. I use a playful aesthetic to engage an individual’s body in movement. The modern world is filled with constant stress for both children and adults.

My goal is to use the movement of an individual's body to empower their imagination. I often find that my bright colors and patterns remind individuals of an experience or an object. I want people to be empowered to make their own connections when looking at my artwork. Simply looking and observing abstract art is play.

Emily Moores is a visual artist living and working in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned her BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art in 2008 and her MFA from The University of Cincinnati in 2014. Her work consists of hand-cut and ornately layered materials, which create both wall works and large-scale installations. Emily’s work investigates the playful engagement of the body as essential to understanding and experiencing spaces or objects.

Emily was selected as one of the Women to Watch 2020 by the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery in collaboration with the Ohio Advisory Group of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She created ‘Let’s Celebrate,’ a large-scale installation consisting of wood, paper and fabric. With a party-like atmosphere, this work immersed the viewer in a celebration.

She has shown her work nationally, including the Akron Art Museum (OH), the Contemporary Arts Center (OH), the Ruffin Gallery (VA), the Loudon House (KY), and the Edward A. Whitney Gallery at Sheridan College (WY). Emily Moores was a recipient of the Ohio Cultural Arts Individual Artist Award, the Summerfair Individual Artist Grant and the ArtPrize Seed Grant.

June 7, 2024 - July 19, 2024