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Artist Statement and more art by Maurice Moore

Artist Statement, 2021
h = 150, d = 1 cm

Artist’s Statement
Based on performance practice, my “Drawing While Black aka Black Boy Joy” performance explores how Black queer people have implemented and created a means of survival through performance. Black performance serves as a mode of active radical resistance drawing upon traditions and technologies such as call and response, improvisation, masking, reading, throwing shade, and African American Vernacular English (AAVE). In my piece, I literally dance and/or move the Black body to create the work that determines the movement. This piece explores the tactile experience of “drawing while Black,” while, implementing synesthetic ideas and Black foodways into my practice. The performative aspect of drawing unconsciously allows me to be vulnerable, and to channel a range of energies. I become a living drawing in both the archival and non-archival sense. During the performance I blindfold myself for long periods of time while listening to music as I draw. My whole Black body, and not just my hands, manipulates the media and materials. Therefore, my whole Black body becomes/functions as site, that moves not simply across a two-dimensional surface, but through it and space as well. Drawing on tradition of Black and queer performance has broadened my theoretical understanding of what it means to reconstruct, and simultaneously deconstruct my Blackness and my sexuality. Lastly, these two-dimensional renderings or visual leftovers if you will are the end result from this performance.

Bio
In his practice, Maurice Moore uses bodily performance to draw upon traditions of defiance and resistance that are actioned through mark making. He is currently a doctoral Performance Studies candidate at the University of California-Davis. From 2011 to 2021, he has exhibited work and performed at galleries including the Medford Arts Center, New Jersey; Memorial Union Gallery, Fargo North Dakota; The Center for Visual Artists, Greensboro North Carolina; Christina Ray Gallery, Soho New York. He has been awarded residencies at the Penland School of Crafts, Ox-Bow; the Rios/Miralda Garbage Celebration Residency; the Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento California and the Zoeglossia Fellowship 2020-21, New Mexico State University. Moore’s critical essays, fictions, and visual works have appeared in a number of journals and conferences including New World Theatre, bozalta Collective, Harbor Review, Loud and Queer Zine, Strukturriss Quarterly Journal, Queer Quarterly Magazine, TRACEY Drawing Research Network Conference at Loughborough University and the WTF Performance Studies?-Mini Conference at the University of California-Davis in Davis California.



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