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Ted Moore Bio Photo

Ted Moore (b. 1974) is an artist, musician, and educator based in Hesperus, Colorado. He grew
up in Washington State, Italy, and Maryland, and his career represents the confluence of art and
craft, composition and performance, and languages, literature, and history. He earned his B.A.
in Classics from University of Colorado, Boulder, an M.A. and Ph.D. (ABD) in Medieval Studies
from University of Toronto, and a Masters in Fine Art from Maine College of Art & Design. As a
professional drummer he has performed throughout North America in Navy bands and popular
music groups.

Ted’s artwork is inspired by the landscape, cultures, and history of the Southwest U.S., with a
particular focus on trees and wood. Trees measure the passage of time and seasons of life,
creating ecological and cultural records; Ted’s art addresses layers of history embodied in both
nature and everyday cultural items. His work is characterized by realism, monochromism, and
the co-optation of centuries-old European art and craft forms. He combines photorealistic ink
painting with historical European cabinetry forms such as retablos, triptychs, reliquaries, writing
desks, apothecary cabinets, and cabinets of curiosity, mediating between the known and the
unknown, the mundane and the transcendental. His research as a medievalist informs his ability
to adapt traditional visual vocabulary to a contemporary aesthetic in order to explore an
ecological ontology, a different way of navigating conceptions of what is transcendent, what is
present, and how those two meet. By juxtaposing devotional and organizational objects and
natural objects, he seeks to overturn anthropocentric and dualistic thinking to convey a sense of
interobjectivity. His work allows objects to be traditional as well as ahistorical, products of both
nature and human labor.

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