I am influenced by the German Expressionists’ intense feeling, dark marking, elegant drawing and brilliant color. I have also been inspired by collagist Romare Bearden and by other African American artists' use of sampling, assemblage, and juxtaposition. Inspired by my historic neighborhood in New Orleans, I like my cityscapes to evoke a world within, as well as the world that came before, and the one possible in the future.
In portraying figures in pairs and groups whose relationship can be open to a wide range of evolving interpretations, I am interested in the dance of dominance, of attention, of appeal. Who is focused, and who is vague--- who is crazy and who, at least a little sane. -Moira Crone
About the Artist
Moira Crone is a painter and a writer. She studied art and showed her work occasionally for many years, but in 2018, after an illness and a stay in Paris, she began a serious studio practice. Since then she has been exhibiting her work in many venues in New Orleans including 912 Julia Gallery (2019), Lemieux Gallery (2018), the Politico Pop-Up (2018) and also the international online show produced by Dab Art Los Angeles, “Art in the Time of Corona,” ( 2020-21), as well as the Second Story Gallery, where she is a member. The former director of the Creative Writing Program at LSU, she has also published six books of realistic and science fiction including The Not Yet, a tale set in a future New Orleans underwater, which was a finalist for an international prize, The Philip K. Dick Award. Her writing has appeared in over forty magazines including The New Yorker, Oxford American, and Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Interviews with Moira Crone exploring the relationship between her visual work and her writing appeared in 2020 in the North Carolina Literary Review and the Xavier Review.