We’re back with a Carolina Art Crush featuring one of our long-time favorite artists in the area, Marge Moody. Marge, Professor of Fine Arts at Winthrop University, is known for her abstract, often brightly-colored, landscape-based collages and paintings. After reading more about the artist, head to LOOM Co-Working Gallery for the closing reception of her current exhibition on Wednesday, March 8 from 6-8pm.
HappeningsCLT: Describe yourself in three words?
Marge Moody: Hard-working, prolific, efficient.
HCLT: When did you realize you were an artist?
MM: I’m not sure it was a moment of realization. I’ve just always been into “stuff” from a very young age! Perhaps when I had to make the decision between Art College and Social Science, that was pivotal! But even then I felt very insecure in my ability as an artist. Years of work have helped solidify my artistic capability, so it was an on-going revelation.
HCLT: Who or what inspires you artistically?
MM: My environment is a constant source of inspiration, whether that be close to home, traveling or things seen in my mind, subconsciously.
HCLT: Where can we see your work?
MM: I currently have a show of new work at LOOM Co-Working Gallery and Event Space, 120 Academy St., Ft Mill SC, with a closing reception Wednesday, March 8 from 6 – 8pm. I am giving a short talk at 7pm.The show is up through March 10 M – F, 8 – 4pm or by appointment.
My work can also be seen on my website – www.margeloudonmoody.com or by appointment in my studio.
HCLT: Tell us about your current body of work?
MM: The work in the show is selected from three new series I made in 2016 while on Sabbatical from my full-time teaching position at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC. They are acrylic paintings on canvas or on panel, and acrylic gouache paintings on paper.
One series called Hanging Planes was influenced by the environment around my studio in Rock Hill. This series was preceded by several small acrylic gouache paintings on paper, some of which are in the show, entitled Studio View series. I also have on display several large acrylic paintings on canvas from the Float series, influenced by experiences in and around my home in Rock Hill, SC.
HCLT: What do you think is the most valuable art experience in the Carolinas?
MM: McColl Center for Art + Innovation. I was fortunate to have a summer residency there 10 years ago. It was hugely valuable and I made a lot of work.
HCLT: What book is on your nightstand right now?
MM: Kate Morton’s ‘The House at Riverton.’ A novel. I’ve read all her books by now I think! They are very long and set on various layers and time-frames. I enjoy them because of their extensive narrative qualities, passages of great description and plausible character studies. Very lightweight but pure escapism!
HCLT: Best meal in Charlotte?
MM: Big Ben pub’s fish and chips! Love that place, especially sitting outside watching the trains!
HCLT: What is up next?
MM: I am having a big one-person exhibition at the Rutledge Gallery, Winthrop University Galleries, Rock Hill, in December of this year (2017) of my collage work, a selection from 35 years of working in the medium of Papier Colle. Other than that, just continuing to work and applying for shows.