Through the Looking Glass
charcoal, ink and gesso on paper, 52 x 72 inches, 2017.
charcoal, ink, gesso on Tyvek, 45 x 75 inches, 2017.
Works in progress, studio view. Inside/Out: Color
all oil on panel, 10 x 10 inches.
My large-scale drawings are created with ink, charcoal, and gesso on Tyvek. Working on these large surfaces allows me to start with exuberant, intense mark-making, which I tame into submission over time, ultimately resolving the drawings into finished, intentional works that still retain the original energy.
The recent "Inside/Out" drawings describe interior and exterior spaces, where shapes shift and collide in an unstable environment, as if the foundations are crumbling. The space includes doors, windows, and walls, but these man-made structures threaten to topple, disorienting the viewer. The multiple perspectives and viewpoints create a sense of immersion in the space, with hidden escape routes and secret passageways leading up, down and around all at once.
In the most recent series of small oil paintings, I interpret this theme more abstractly using quirky architectural forms, intense color, and rich painterly surfaces.
While my work over the past ten years may appear diverse in style and content, each body of work may comprise up to 70 paintings or drawings, and usually contains consistent visual elements like dense, tangled lines, mark-making with unconventional tools, and the integration of both representational and abstract elements.
Barbara Moody earned MEd and EdD degrees from Harvard University, as well as a BFA from Syracuse University. She is a Professor at Montserrat College of Art, where she also served as Dean for nine years. Over the past ten years, she has had six solo shows at the Kingston Gallery in Boston. She completed two large-scale mural projects for a corporation in Fall River, MA, as well as a 27 foot wall drawing for "Seven: A Performative Drawing Project" at Montserrat College of Art. Her work has been included in exhibitions in California, New York, Minnesota, and Chicago, as well as the DeCordova Museum, Mills Gallery, and Albright Gallery in MA. She was a finalist in drawing for the Massachusetts Cultural Council grant program in 2004, and in 2013, she was awarded the Goettemann Distinguished Artist/Teacher award at Rocky Neck Art Colony.
Inside/Out, April 5-30, 2017
Relay, January 4-29, 2017
I Know Just What You're Saying, January 6-31, 2016
New Work, July 1-August 2, 2015
Escape, June 1-29, 2014
All the Members: Gifted, September 4-29, 2013
Blonde, July 3-28, 2013
Big HUGE small works, December 5-23, 2012
XXX: Kingston Gallery Annual Members' Exhibition Thirty Years as an Artist Run Gallery, September 5–30, 2012
Kingston Gallery Annual Members' Exhibition, August 31-October 2, 2011
Cave Dwellers, May 2–27, 2012
Eco-adaptation, June 1-June 26, 2011
"Snapshots from Barbara Moody's Residency." Kingston Blog Thinking About Art Out Loud, January 14, 2016.
"Wood-Grey Horizons: New Collages by Barbara Moody." Kingston Blog Thinking About Art Out Loud, July 20, 2015.
"Barbara Moody's Photographs at Albright Gallery." Kingston Blog Thinking About Art Out Loud, March 29, 2014,
Deborah Davidson, "Escaping." Kingston Blog Thinking About Art Out Loud, June 18, 2014.
Deborah Davidson, "Escape." Kingston Blog Thinking About Art Out Loud, June 1, 2014.
Deborah Davidson, "July in the City." Kingston Blog Thinking About Art Out Loud, July 24, 2013.
"Barbara Moody To Give Talk at Cape Ann Museum." Kingston Blog Thinking About Art Out Loud, May 9, 2013.