Kelly Moran’s mid-century-inspired collages, with their harmonious colors and tiny details torn from vintage books, maps and encyclopedias, have been aptly described as “Dada whimsy.”
Moran offers a mixed bag of happy urban myth and late American culture POP to be sure, but at the same time the work is so well executed that one wants to stop and think it all over. Moran takes advantage of an omnipotent time frame while jumping gender fences, and looking back at "the way we were" just far enough in the past to clue us into the fact that the human chemistry found in her works is universal. Moran excels at making the complex planning and process oriented work look inspired and of the moment. Her images are gleaned from the internet junk heap, vintage magazines and advertising, while working in woodcuts, lino-cuts, and some parts created with the latest digital technology and archival digital printing.
About the Artist:
New York native Kelly Moran is a printmaker who lives and works in Houston, TX. She is currently maintaining a printmaking studio in the Houston Heights area. Ms. Moran attended the Florida School of the Arts. She earned a BFA in painting from Louisiana Tech University and studied ceramics at the University of Houston, and in Jakarta, Indonesia. While completing an apprenticeship at the renowned Little Egypt Enterprises, Ms. Moran discovered her interest in printmaking.From 2003 to 2011 Ms. Moran worked as the associate director of Texas Collabortive, a fineart printmaking establisment founded by master Printer Dan Mitchell Allison in Houston, Texas. In her practice as an artist she combines the 17th century techniques of Rembrandt with 21st century digital computer technology; and creates hand pulled prints and mixed media pieces that challenge you to see the world with her unique vision. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions around the country. Her works hang in museums, as well as in corporate and private collections and presently she is teaching printmaking at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts.