Born 1960, Detroit, Michigan
Lives and works in New York City
As much a historian, writer, and teacher as a maker, Carrie Moyer is an intelligent, well-read, and political thinker, whose bold paintings full of luscious colors, graphic designs, and glitter are infused with a deep spirit. Her abstraction comes not from mysterious intuition but from a deep knowledge base of art history, graphic design, explorations of materials and colors, and a persistent interest in the forms of the body. Biomorphic shapes often undergird Moyer’s compositions with provenance in the artist’s parallel life as a graphic designer and producer of agit-prop for ACT UP, Queer Nation, and Dyke Action Machine (a group she co-founded with Sue Schaffner). As Moyer’s career has evolved, these influences continue to determine and strengthen her work. Consequently, in the face of her ravishing abstractions, she is decisive about meanings. Embedded in each work are motivating factors: politics, queer issues, feminism, and even the history of painting itself.
Carrie Moyer received her BFA from Pratt Institute in 1985 and her MFA in Painting from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College in 2001. Selected exhibitions have been held at: Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH; Frances Young Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY; Kai Heinze Berlin, Berlin, Germany; Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA; Suzanne Tarasieve Paris, Paris, France; CANADA, New York, NY; and American University Museum/Katen Center for the Arts, American University, Washington, D.C.