This tiny texture-craft image has been chosen to head this website because of it's personal meaning to Finela, as it came about some time before the arrival of her two precious children.
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"Abstract" art by Finela Moore
"Cuban Music; African rhythm & Spanish guitar"
One canvas set on top of another.
The art of the abstract is for Moore a way to deal with the great concepts of "life / the world & everything" and simplification by a close focus on these aspects of life.
Just as a map makes sense of geography, the abstract makes sense of "life / the world & everything". A concept (which is a unit of thought) is placed in a mostly 2-dimensional form, becoming part of the visual world. Thought is given meaning in a visual way.
It is the same as handwriting.
It is possible to decipher the symbols of Moore by a basic examination of her work. But the key is always that it is simplified, and then drawn to the fullest examination in that simple form. She likes to look at change, time and place, transitions.
The abstraction is a myopic study of the very very simple, like taking a magnifying glass and putting it up to a life concept and studying the concept for all of it's elements. Psychology, engineering, science and religion. Her abiding fascination is with edges: the edge of life, the edge of death and everything that happens inbetween. One colour set in a square in opposition to another colour is a perfect representation of the dynamics of the edge. Edges can be fuzzy, clear-cut or downright messy.
Examined closely, an edge can be put on a continuum.
Another abiding fascination of Moore's is the essential contradictions embedded in all aspects of life. Like riding a bicycle, one corrects from left to right to stay upright. All of "life / the world & everything" is a matter of finding a path that fits somehow between the opposing pull of contradictory forces. This ties up with her fascination with edges.
Understanding the abstract:
"It is in my abstracts that I most dwell on my questions to God. A day at the easel is a day conversing with my Maker. I ask Him about life, death and everything inbetween."
How to turn an abstract into a meditation:
Stare at the work, letting the mind wander to anything that is current in your life. Let the shapes talk to you, about your situation & where you need to go from here. Let the shapes and the colours transform into meaning for you. In this way the abstract makes sense.
How to turn an abstract into a prayer:
As above, and ask for help.
"Lest we forget"
A rare exploration of the brutality and conflict in war, a study of the darker side of us all
"Abstract Naive" work by Finela
Work on this section was completed between 2003 and 2005
"The moons rising on Mars"
A moment of fantasy
"Dance of the Triffids"
"Abstraction and Naivite"
Abstraction is where subject matter is transformed, usually simplified. Only the essential shapes, textures, colours etc are used as elements to the artwork.
Naive (pronounced Nigh eve) is innocent. It applies to artwork of "unsophisticated" tribes and to children alike, rather like cartooning.
There is a definite attempt to "do it like a child would do it."
We sometimes overhear in galleries, "my kid could have done that!"
However, if one really were to see what the child does, their work is usually very different to naive art that we find in galleries. Child art lacks the finish, the careful planning, or the sophisticated subject matter. Also, children's artwork is characterised by muddy colours all mixed.
Naive art definitely attempts to capture some aspects of child art, but adds sophistication to the final product.
Moore has always had a fascination with ethnic art and more recently, child art. She has made some inroads into this field and intends to do more in the future.
"A Scatterbrained Pot Takes to the
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