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serenmoran

Oakland, CA - United States

Description

Seren Moran was born in 1989 in Berkeley, California. In 2011, Seren graduated from San Diego State University's Fine Arts Program, with an emphasis in painting. She graduated with honors, was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and was the only undergraduate to receive the annual Art Council Scholarship that year. During her junior year of college, Seren studied abroad in the highly competitive art program at the original Leonardo da Vinci School of Art, L'Accademia di Bella Arte, in Florence Italy, where all classes were taught in Italian. Seren's time in Italy was spent focused on nude portraiture in both painting and printmaking.

In 2012, Seren moved to Indaiatuba, Brazil, where she spent 10 months teaching English, learning Portuguese, and painting. There, she painted her Brasil Series which resulted in two exhibitions at a gallery and museum in the State of Sao Paulo.

From there, Seren returned to the Bay Area and began exploring this transition through a new mixed media approach. She used architectural imagery reminiscent of her childhood as the base for her abstracted images. Her most current work continues to explore memories but with a much stronger focus on collage and mixed media, sampling works from her past and incorporating newer contrasting styles.

Artist statement

In the past, my work has always had a concept, a thought, a specific point of reference that I could say this is where it started. Most of the time, this was based in portraiture or architecture from places and people I had known.

I used my surroundings as my inspiration, as my explanation to viewers for why I paint, as if the physical urge to express myself and pour feelings onto canvas wasn’t enough. Overtime, the so-called inspirational imagery I was using became less and less identifiable in my work, as I began expanding further into abstraction.

I have now moved beyond this train of thought. I want to explore, and let the exploration be the process, and let the process be the art. It is the emotion and passion transcending a canvas that I find to be the most powerful, and perhaps the purpose if you will, of visual art. Viewing my work should be an emotional experience rather than an intellectual one.

So I’m going back to my artistic roots, focusing on allowing my subconscious to have a voice. I started out as a collage artist and collaged my way through childhood and adolescence. It wasn’t until college that I began painting. So my newest work, my new series is all about collaging. Collaging compositions and color combinations from anything and everything around me, including other artwork from amateur to expert, and reapplying them into my own abstractions, into my 'collaged paintings' for the lack of a better term.

Local shows

UC Berkeley International House
Red Dot Gallery, Sacramento
Art Attack SF
Mosser Hotel, San Francisco
Beatnik Studios, Sacramento
Totally Rad Gallery, Berkeley
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