Laura Moriarty

American, b. 1960

Horizons #6 and Horizons #7, 2016

Encaustic monotype on Kawashi paper

Collection of the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art.

Purchased with special funds given in remembrance of Dr. Douglas M. Cameron, Professor of Modern Languages at Ursinus College 1987-2015


Laura Moriarty’s work was collected after the 2017 exhibition A Stratigraphic Fiction, which explored the relationship between human beings and the newly coined geological epoch, the Anthropocene.

Moriarty is both a sculptural and 2D artist. Her work takes its likeness from the geologic landscape and is constructed through processes symbolic of the earth’s creation. The two works on paper on view in Lucky Seven, titled Horizons #6 and Horizons #7, are encaustic monotypes. Moriarty uses a heated metal plate to manipulate the wax that composes her sculptural paintings. Carefully she guides the layers of color to construct a unique image. To Moriarty, these monotypes are the thinnest slivers of her work; like in optical mineralogy, they capture a moment in time.

Horizon #6 and Horizon #7 allude to a sense of looking beyond. Through sprawling layers, the works reference the passing of time as if it has already occurred, however the “horizon” is also the separator between earth and sky. The horizon is where days begin and end. Moriarty’s Horizon prints represent how time eases on in a slippery and languid assemblage: a series of cascading layers that may never fit together in an exact way, and yet still feel whole.

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