DIANA MOORE (b. 1946, Norfolk, VA)
Diana Moore is a figurative sculptor who works predominantly in concrete. She is inspired by ancient figurative sculptures from diverse cultures such as Etruscan, Greek, Egyptian, and Cambodian. Moore's use of concrete pays homage to the ancient Romans who used the medium for its strengthening properties in their architectural constructions. In her figures and portrait heads one can note a similar strength and resilience inherent within the works. The portraits and life-size sculptures are frontal yet neutral, the organic quality of their medium lending to the ambiguous nature of their ethnicity and gender. Moore deliberately creates "generic" sculptures in order to highlight their universality and timelessness. Moore is best known for her several monumental depiction of Justice which were commissioned by the United States General Services Administration for the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building and U.S Courthouse in Newark, New Jersey in 1994, the Warren B. Rudmen U.S Courthouse in Concord, New Hampshire in 1997, and the John M. Shaw U.S Courthouse in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1999.
Diana Moore was born in 1946 in Norfolk, Virginia. She attended Northern Illinois University in De Kalb, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She had a recent solo exhibition at the Fresno Art Museum in California in 2013 as well as several recent group exhibitions including at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, Italy, in 2013 and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine arts in 2012. She has received solo exhibitions at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, the Jersey City Museum, New Jersey, the New Jersey State Museum, Allan Stone Gallery in New York, and Gallery Joe in Philadelphia. She lives in Connecticut.