Moyra Derby is an artist working with painting and pictorial conventions. The current work test propositions about pictorial attention, how strategies of imaging and structures configuration hold attention. Often works are often double sided, have multiple set ups, and incorporate divisions, rotations and repetitions. The gaps and glitches in attention all inform this approach. The painting processes tend to be indirect, using image transfer methods including screen printing, tracing and stencilling. This restriction in method helps to negotiate painting’s investment in abstraction while also claiming its mimetic potential.
Projects and exhibitions include Notes on Painting at Koppel Project Hive, London, 2017, Fully Awake at blip blip blip, Leeds, 2017, Interval at Whitstable Biennale in 2016, Abstract Apartment, Deborah House, London 2015, Painting Tableau Stage, Urban Arts Space, Ohio, 2013. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Moyra is currently Senior Lecturer in Painting at the University for the Creative Arts. A founding Trustee of Crate Studio & Project Space in Margate, and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Contemporary Painting.
Published texts include Constraints between Picture and Painting: Some considerations at a distance, in the Journal of Contemporary Painting Vol 2 issue 2 2016 and Visualizing Painting: A Space Drawn in Ratio from the exhibition catalogue of ‘Limber: Spatial Painting Practices’ 2013.