2020

Simonetta Moro

Artist

 

 

 

 

 

 

How are you working right now?

Mostly at home, because going to the studio requires a trip by subway or bike, and I am trying to reduce my time outdoors as much as possible. However I am working on small scale drawings for the most part, which is doable outside the studio. I am also busy writing right now, so being stuck at home is not so bad.

What do you want to say about the DUMBO community?

It is certainly a smaller community than it used to be, and that is unfortunate. But the artists I know who still work in the neighborhood show a tenacity and dedication to their art and craft that is truly remarkable. I love being part of it.

What artists are you interested in and why?

I am interested in many kinds of art, from many different periods. I am quite interested in artists working with a cartographic theme (which is also my own), and with work that attempts to convey a sense of place. I am also interested in artists working with memory and history — and who pay as much attention to how the work is made as well as what it is about. There has to be both a strong conceptual underpinning as well as a compelling visual component to hold my attention. My mentors include artists Jacobo Borges, Lubaina Himid, Joyce Kozloff, and Daniele Degli Angeli. I could also mention Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, whom I deeply admire; Julie Mehretu, Gastone Novelli, and Nancy Graves…but there are many others, including historical ones like Piranesi, that had a deep impact on my formation as an artist.

Selected Artists:

Nikolay Koshelev: I like his style that merges realism with abstraction, and the historical reference to the Russian ballets

Anne Peabody: The work is delicate and intriguing, kind of map-like, I’d like to learn more about it

Jennifer Riley:  Love the combination of abstract, geometric painting and architectural references

Rodolfo Edwards: Great combination of geometric structures with a sense of architectural place

Brian Miller: I find his pictures of speed intriguing; he’s a neo-futurist with a camera!

Peter Drake: I admire his paintings for their impeccable figural quality and the uncanny content


About Simonetta Moro

Simonetta Moro’s practice centers on painting, drawing, and writing in art theory, with a particular focus on issues around mapping and the representation of places. Her work has been exhibited in the US and Europe, including: BRIC Art House, New York; Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn (NY); Center for Architecture, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Clara Hatton Gallery, Ft. Collins, CO; Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Roanoke, VA; the American Academy in Rome, Italy; and the Harris Museum, Preston, UK. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK; received a MA from Winchester School of Art, UK; and a BFA Painting from Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna, Italy. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation grant.

Born in Italy, Moro currently lives in New York City, and is the Director of The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA).

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