Katy Moran (b.1975) makes intense and sensuous paintings which, though modest in size, have a vitality and atmosphere that immediately engages the imagination and provokes an emotive response.
Moran’s pictures hover between abstraction and figuration. At first they seem enigmatic, but she sees all her works as figurative, each full of images, characters and associations. They evolve from the sights and experiences of daily life as well as the varied histories of art. She uses the particular qualities of paint and canvas as a starting point, but images from magazines, newspapers and the internet can influence her work, however indirectly.
Working on the floor, Moran paints until a recognisable form or desired sensation appears. Chance and surprise are all part of the process: she incorporates splashes and flaws, using a variety of methods to arrive at the finished piece, such as paring back the surface by washing off layers, or framing a particular section of a work. She paints in series, fitting each new canvas into an assembled group, and sometimes working on three or four canvases at a time.
Her interest in collage and found materials – including the way she has begun reusing old canvases in her studio – has led her to think not just about the subject pictured within a painting, but the ‘thingness’ of the painting itself, as an object on the wall. Her use of found frames reinforces this and deliberately plays with the interior design styles and tastes of a previous era.