Wendy Moss was born on Long Island, NY and has spent her adult life in New York City. She attended the State University College at Potsdam, NY, where she was an Art Studio Major with a minor in Psychology. She received an MA degree from Pratt Institute in Art Therapy.
After years working as an Art Therapist, she took classes at Parsons School of Design in textile design and worked as a colorist in the field. Later, she studied at the 92nd Street Y in New York City taking classes in collage/mixed media, painting, in addition to several intensive workshops in color theory, papermaking and transfers.
She has also studied monoprinting, dry point with carborundum, silk aquatints, solar printing, and collagraphs, at the following printmaking studios: the ASCC (Art School of Columbia County), Inky Editions in Hudson, NY., and in New York City, the MGC (Manhattan Graphic Center, Inc.), EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Studio and CBCC (the Carter Burden Covello Center), where she was rewarded a residency. She has studied with teacher Karin Bruckner, and master Printers, Beth Thielen, Lisa Mackie and Kathy Caraccio. She resides in NYC and Claverack in Columbia County, NY.
The process of creating is the main subject in my work where materiality and the experimental play a prominent role. Circles are a reoccurring motif that symbolizes and fulfills a sense of wholeness and unity in myself and in world. Working in the abstract, I construct layers for depth and patterns to represent my desire to harness the complex.
Rather than use typical drawing instruments, I resource found imagery, selected papers, and threads for heavily textured surfaces that define my imagery. I then arrange and push those elements until they make sense to me in the languages of collage, mixed media, and printmaking.
I draw from the powerful improvisation of the Modernists and the emotion of the Abstract Expressionists: Paul Klee for his fanciful shapes and color theory, Robert Motherwell for his rectangular forms and collages, Lee Krasner for her gestural painting, and Lee Bontecou for her rich organic constructions.
Often, I am surprised by the expressiveness and exuberance that bursts forth in my work, and I want to share this moment of delight with others.