"Suspended Iceberg" - An Installation by Terri Moore
Posted 04/20/2018 10:02AM


On the 29th of March, Keystone’s Education Salon welcomed professional artist and art educator Terri Moore to our stage as Keystone’s Artist in Residence.  In the Performing Arts Center, Moore engaged the audience in dialogue about the inspirations behind her installation “Suspended Iceberg” in the PAC lobby and shared her thoughts on the creative thought process with aspiring artist, G12 student Leo Sheng.  


Moore opened the Education Salon with poignant video montages that explored the disruption that human activity causes in the natural world. Each video served as an introduction for Moore to delve into dialogue regarding critical environmental issues facing wildlife species in various parts of the world, and the inspiration that prompted her to create a visually stunning conceptual representation of her perception of these important issues facing the global community.



Moore’s current work primarily explores the complex relationship humans have in the natural world. Inspired by nature and personal experiences, she paints ephemeral images that capture a moment in time. Murmurations of migrating starlings, icebergs, and the relationship between the ocean and the atmosphere are subjects that Moore renders with an eye toward the pattern of movement. 



The installation, comprising individual gargantuan pieces of watercolor paintings suspended from the ceiling in the Performing Arts Center, is Moore’s artistic interpretation of the melting of the icebergs in the Northern Hemisphere. Influenced by anthropological textures, patterns, and global warming, the installation serves to investigate and capture the shifts and changes of what is below and above the horizon. Moore beautifully depicts and changes the discourse on how humans interact with the natural world through this conceptual art installation.




Burgeoning artist and G12 student Leo Sheng engaged in the dialogue with the enthusiastic artist. Sheng, also deeply interested in the creative thought process, utilized this opportunity to question Moore’s motivations behind creating such a powerful piece by asking thought-provoking questions. Towards the end of the salon, Leo asked Moore, “The best thing about you is that you are not only an artist but you are also an art educator. You teach students how you perceive the world. These perceptions that artists give is especially important. What do you think is the benefit of teaching students to create art from the real world?”


“Artists are historians, inventors, problem solvers, and creators. Navigating something that moves you is about getting to the heart of the story, and that takes time and focus. To fully explore a subject matter is to understand it and start to have a conversation with it and about it. For me, this is process. The language for navigation is in the making."

——Terri Moore



Terri Moore obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the State University of New York, New Paltz in 1997. In 2005, she was awarded the Eben Demarest Grant, and has since had exhibitions at prominent galleries such as the Morgan Lehman Gallery in Lakeville, Connecticut and the Chain Theatre Gallery in New York City. She has taught at the Hotchkiss School since 2002 and in 2010 became the Director of the Tremaine Gallery in Lakeville, Connecticut. Moore currently lives and works from her studio in Hudson Valley, New York.   



Keystone’s Education Salons provide a space to engage with the best minds in education, literature and the arts to share their views on traditional and modern aspects of education. Discussions between our prominent guests and the community spark creative and lively conversation around each topic. Keystone uses these salons to highlight contemporary themes in education and other disciplines, and as opportunities to discuss, rethink, and revise current practices within the field of education.


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