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 use of diverse materials and experimental play are critical components in my creative process. Rather than use typical drawing instruments, my work is defined by found imagery, paint, handmade papers, heavily textured surfaces, recycled monoprints, collagraphs, and materials from nature. I imbue, arrange, and push those elements to create multi-layered complex compositions until they make sense to me in the languages of collage, mixed media, and printmaking.
Color is also a fundamental part of my work. It activates the senses and engages the viewer. Circles are a reoccurring motif that symbolizes and fulfills a sense of wholeness and unity in myself and in the world.
I draw from the powerful improvisation of the Modernists and the emotion of the Abstract Expressionists: Paul Klee for his whimsical 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 fanciful exuberance that bursts forth in my work, and I want to share that moment of delight with others.