Liv Moe, Pretty Lady With Dog, 2008, print, 17.5 x 36 inches
American identity as demonstrated in the eyes of dolls and ceramics may seem largely wide eyed, which isn’t to say capturing innocence features prominently in the work of our latest masthead artist, Liv Moe. More than anything these documented objects appear almost innocent, (except of course for the home made plush penis chair/sleeping bag). The sexualized headless photographs of wigs with fruit and mistletoe, the psychedelic acid tripping chocolate bunny, and the conservatively dressed bossom birthing a bird each pit our pre-existing understanding of common cultural iconography against the uncommon representation of such tropes. The result is a unique and unexpected look at American expression.
Liv Moe, Heft, 2008, Digital print, 18 x 24 inches
Born in Fargo, ND in 1976, Liv Moe is an artist, curator, and writer who currently lives and works in Sacramento, California. Through her work Moe traces a distinct American history through the use of mundane domestic objects and discarded personal possesions. In recent years Moe’s creations have employed everything from children’s bed linens, wigs, and brick brack, to the Crosley Automobile. The results can at times be funny or absurd while at others charming and poignant. Moe’s projects have included sculpture, documentary film, digital photography, and kinetics.
In addition to her work Moe also publishes a Sacramento arts and culture magazine with her husband Tim Foster called the Midtown Monthly and serves as co-director of the Verge Gallery and Studio Project, a mixed-used art center in Sacramento.