I grew up in a town of about 10,000 people in southeastern Iowa. For a small community, we actually had a fantastic school district with award-winning athletic, academic, music and art programs. I always looked forward to my independent studies in the art room. It was the time of the day when I was surrounded by others finding their voice within their work. While some previous students have made a name for themselves in the world with football careers, one classmate I always enjoy following is artist Calli Moore. Her electric energy created such a positive, uplifting feeling every art period. Her style has completely changed and evolved since we were in high school and it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before — and I want to see even more.
Moore uses nontraditional techniques and materials to create her 3-dimensional works of art. The main structure of her current collection is spray foam. She allows the foam to have freedom to shape what the final sculpture will be. From there, she adds otherworldly textures, shapes, and colors to create intriguing pieces that make you want to reach out and touch them. Moore earned her BFA at the University of Iowa, her MFA at American University in Washington D.C., and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where she works full-time as an artist and curator of the online art auction See You Next Thursday.
Whenever I see a new piece from Moore, I’m reminded that art doesn’t have limits or constructs it has to adhere to. That reminder gives freedom to make something out-of-the-box for the sake of discovery. I hope you find Calli Moore’s work as interesting and imaginative as I do, and find a way to be creative in your own way this weekend. —Lauren
Images Above: Top left — Calli Moore with her recent collection.
Top right — “3 Pentagles” Foam, acrylic, crystals and fabric on panel, 20x6x20 inches, 2018.
Center — “Mirror” Acrylic, foam and fabric on panel, 12x4x12 inches, 2017.
Bottom — “Veratrum” Acrylic and foam on panel, 20x6x14 inches, 2017.
More encouragement from creatives we admire from around the web this week:
Entrepreneur Know-How: Beth Kirby of Local Milk launched her podcast, Raw Milk, this week. The 4th episode, “When Quitting the Creative Dream is NOT an Option,” is my favorite so far.
Pretty in Pink: Emily Henderson’s new campaign with Target’s eclectic line makes removable wallpaper look fancy and puts pink bedding on my wishlist.
Think Back: The ladies at Man Repeller share their experiences of joining the work force and what lessons they’ve taken from those jobs that are still relevant to their work today.
Dramatic Entrance: Every stunning outfit from the Met Gala red carpet all in one place.
Visual Effects: Childish Gambino’s “This is America” video has been compared to a Shakespeare play. The subtle and not so subtle messages throughout the song can get you thinking for hours. The New York Times collected 8 articles that help outline each theme.
Challenge Accepted: Another round of the One Room Challenge ended this week with stunning reveals from challenge participants. This room from The Sweet Beast is a complete transformation from where it started six weeks ago.
Let There Be Light: One of our favorite small business sponsors, Juniper & Scout, is stocking this lovely, minimalist oak tea light holder. We think it’s perfect for a summer dinner al fresco at dusk.