February Emerging Guest Artist: Seren Moran

Seren Moran is a local Bay Area artist, who received her B.A. from San Diego State University and studied at the original Leonardo da Vinci school of art in Italy. Her colorful and vibrant work entitled “Brazil” is a culmination of her recent trip in Brazil.

I fear being predictable, in life and in my art. My life has always been unstable; I have lived in over 10 different homes, with different people, studied in more than 10 different schools, and worked a variety of places. I struggle to find comfort and balance through feeling alone and misunderstood. I envy stability, but I see the ignorance in staying stagnant. I have never been someone who works on a schedule or plan, and I don’t do that with my art. I use my impulsiveness as inspiration; my choices are made in the moment, often without a conscious thought. I make conscious decisions after I have made the unconscious ones. Like Dancing, I let my body do the work, moving without thinking.

My curiosity drives my impulsiveness. A need to face the unknown rather than hide from it. I question what people perceive to be normal, or right, or wrong. And I question my work. I have always had a need to push boundaries, to break rules, and I have managed to channel that energy in my art. I am constantly trying new things, pushing past what is expected.

I see painting as being alive, it moves, in shapes and textures and has depth. It can have energy or be calm, can be stubborn or unsure, or be everything at once. And I view my paintings as accurate depictions, of the images they are inspired from. I take away or add information to give emotion, and honesty to the places and people I paint.

(Below are some samples from the show.)

Luzes da Noite, Acrylic on Canvas, 18″ x 24″

Esquina Colorida, Acrylic on Canvas, 40″ x 48″

Quatro Becos, Acrylic on Canvas, 18″ x 24″