A few weeks ago I debuted my fall and winter exhibition. It is an expansive new series entitled In the Hands of Grace. In the series, I reclaim my family name “Moretz” as my professional moniker. Both my name and my exhibition leave a symbolic mark as I seek to pay homage to my great-grandmother, Maude Elizabeth Leonard Moretz (b. 1884).
My great-grandmother was a painter as well as an entrepreneur at the turn of the 20th century. She attended the Lenoir-Rhyne University and earned a degree in the arts in 1910, a very rare accomplishment for a woman of her time. She also played a founding role in the development of the Art Museum in her hometown of Hickory, North Carolina. All the while, she gave birth to and raised 8 children.
Through my own investigation of her ancestry and how it relates to my work personally and spiritually, I have become deeply connected to discovering more about my great grandmother as an artist, community activist and pioneering woman of her time. I created vibrant, abstract paintings that weave together movement, energetic splashes of color, and various forms of line work. My art is an investigation into the inner workings of the universe, the micro and macrocosm of self and other, the understanding of our oneness and our relationship to spirit. Each painting is an extension of the Big Bang, seeking to create order out of chaos, and in turn, I create a universal language out of color, form, space, and line. Through the study of mysticism and the occult as well as astrophysics and cognitive science, I paint from a place of curiosity into the mysteries of the human mind, spirit and our attempts to understand our place in the process of existence.
In the Hands of Grace features an installation of 18 new acrylic, mixed-media paintings, several medium-sized paintings, along with one statement large-scale painting that is 12 feet wide. With this new body of work, I launched a partnership between ATC and ArtMoney, which facilitates the connection between collectors and artists through a simple interest-free payment plan.
Photos by: Sara Ford