Claire Mooney
Visual Artist
Through my work I explore overlapping ideas relating to text and textiles, encoding and craft, pattern and abstraction.
A structure of colour-coded language is layered within the works, woven through with sampled text, looping threads and retinal references to entwining warp and weft. The work presents a laborious, rhythmical method of both construction and destruction and the resulting surfaces build an almost textile-like quality, as well as hinting at an obsessive, compulsive motivation.
Common to all works is a processing of information, both visual and textual. These processes translate samples of text and image; distancing segments from their sources; emptying them out and reconfiguring them. Text is used to generate coloured patterns through a process of pseudo-encryption; 13 colours for 26 letters. Splinters of words are enlarged and transferred to the surface, only to be redacted; rhythmically erased by ‘coded’ paint.
The artworks weave together what is, and what isn’t left behind, shifting between the negative and positive. They reveal themselves and their own mechanics and correspondences of making, yet remain elusive. The transparency of making, the revealed processing system, strains against a visual abundance and the ambiguity of multiple shapes and surfaces.
Claire Mooney
Mixed Media, Painting, Paper
Workshops/demonstrations/master-classes/presentations, Residency – community, in school, Exhibitions, Commercial commissions, Art instructions/lessons
Adults, School children, Young people
Finalist / Agendo Art Prize, 2009
Finalist / Williamstown Festival Contemporary Arts Prize, 2009
NAVA Janet Holmes à Court grant, 2008
Melbourne Fringe Festival Visual Arts Award, 2008
Winner /Athenaeum Club Visual Arts Award, 2004
Highly Commended /ANZ Visual Arts Fellowship Award 2004
Winner /David Teleskivi Memorial Sculpture Prize, 2004
Winner /Galloway Lawson Award, 2004
Bachelor of Fine Art, RMIT
Master of Visual Art, Victorian College of the Arts
Postgraduate Diploma of Education, The University of Melbourne