S2017 Commencement Speech by Constance Moore
Constance Moore is a 2015 graduate of Goddard College's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program in Port Townsend, Washington.
An artist, teacher, writer and educator, to quote from her Artist Statement:
"I share my young students' enthusiasm and love of color. I hope to transmit their spirit and freshness into my work. Whether figurative or abstract, at it's core, my work is narrative.
"I am concerned with presence, creating work about people, objects and ideas that are felt but not always seen in this world. I share my young students' enthusiasm and love of color. I hope to transmit their spirit and freshness into my work. Whether figurative or abstract, at it's core, my work is narrative.
Borrowing a color palette from the elementary art rooms where I teach, my work is bright and playful. Underlying the use of playful colors and materials is a serious investigation of imbalance - a result of the human impulse to dominate our environment, each other, and the natural world while simultaneously being driven to create a better more peaceful, loving and sustainable existence.
The use of simple forms, bright colors and text allows the viewer to approach my work with confidence and security. As a teaching artist I use humor and playfulness to push my students. In the same way I hope my art gently coaxes the viewer in. Once they have arrived, if willing, the work asks viewers to think, to participate, to reconsider, and to take pleasure in exploring the various layers for understanding.