1/1 Magazine  //  An interview with Emily J Moore   by Raymundo Muñoz

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On a brisk autumnal evening at the front steps of Love Gallery, I had the pleasure of chatting with local artist Emily J Moore about her recent participation in the “Confluence” group show at Fifty24SF Gallery in San Francisco. Sponsored by Upper Playground, the show was an impressive and eclectic mix of well-established artists and up-and-comers.

1/1: First off, how did it go?

EJM: It was awesome! I’d been following Upper Playground for probably ten years […] so when I was asked to participate in the show, it was seriously a dream come-true.

1/1: I know you only spent a couple days there, but did you get to experience the San Francisco art scene?

EJM: I had fallen in love with the Bay Area from a very early age […] so going out there is always a blast for me. I tried to fit as much art into that short 48 hour span as I could [laughs]–it was like sensory overload, though! One of those shows you could just take in over a full 24 hour period and not have enough time.

1/1: Now you had two pieces in the show: “Skull” and “Rorschach.” Both smaller pieces on illustration board using a combination of watered-down acrylics, marker, graphite, and ink–how do these pieces fit in with your collective work?

EJM: [Compared to my painted and digital works] I’ve had a lot of people say they’re so different  but I feel like my approach is very similar. I’m using similar type of line work to define shape and using similar lighting through each. [However,] rather than in my canvas works where I use found fabrics–[in “Skull”] I actually hand-drew all patterning with markers and then washed them out.

skull by emily j moore

1/1: It’s always great when local talent starts to come-up, not only locally but nationally as well. Given the San Francisco show and the Philadelphia show you previously took part in, plus the attention you’re garnering here in Denver, how does it all feel?


EJM: Terrifying, but so exciting! This is what I’ve been working for since I was a little kid. [Looking back at my college days at RMCAD] if I wasn’t in class or working, I was making art without exception. It’s scary, but I’ve been on such a one-track mindset for so long that it’s really fulfilling to see people start to recognise the hard work.


1/1: Do you feel you have to push yourself harder because of your recent momentum?

EJM: Oh yeah! You always have to push yourself no matter what […] I don’t want to be a one-trick pony; I want to do it all [laughs]. So, I try to take each opportunity that’s presented to me and go above-and-beyond my expectations AND the expectations of others. At the end of the day, I’m competing with myself; I don’t want to get comfortable.

1/1: That said, any shows or projects we can look forward to?

EJM: A group show at a new gallery here in town over in the RiNo District called Helikon Gallery– that’s in October. Then I’m curating for the month of November here at Love Gallery. Super stoked for that–an incredible lineup of both local and national talent. A lot of people who’ve been super huge influences to my work […] I’m so happy that I was able to get them on board this project. [Plus] I’m doing an iPhone case release with Karvt, just did some t-shirts, […] and making more art on top of that, too! [laughs] I try to stay busy.

rorschach by emily j moore