Diana Moore’s distinctive figurative sculptures are made from contemporary building materials – cast carbon steel and concrete, yet they are timeless in their form and beauty. Their life-size scale conveys an unexpected heroism. Although alert and stoic, they convey a relaxed and expectant sense of power. Her figures favor a frontal pose, feet solidly spread, weight equally distributed, head erect, eyes staring straight-ahead. This static, generalized pose relates to renditions of ancient Greek kouros, Egyptian or Cambodian statutes. What further distinguishes Moore’s subjects is their contemporary attire – athletic running shorts, halter tops, hooded sweatshirts, sandals.
The hollow vessels of metal have a delicate rust patina. Moore manipulates the rigid steel material to appear as supple as leather, fabric or skin. Her series of metal purses stylize the body even further – their forms recalling round breasts, buttocks, and other comforting maternal parts. They are beautifully molded, detailed and refined.
Diana Moore’s commanding, large-scale figures and vessels, cast in bronze or steel, have been commissioned for many prominent settings, including two in Hamilton Square in Washington D.C. (2001 & 1999), one Federal Art & Architecture Commission for the U.S. Courthouse in Lafayette, LA (1999), and the Martin Luther King Federal Courthouse in Newark NJ (1990). Her most recent commission is slated for the State Department Building in Trenton, NJ.
Diana Moore was born in 1946 in Norfolk, Virginia. She received an undergraduate degree at Northern Illinois University and her masters at the University of Iowa. She currently resides in Connecticut.