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Paula Moran- 2012

The emergence of creativity is a manifestation of the interaction between that person and their environment. I am always inspired as I feel the interplay through this medium that unites touch, movement and ideas with the movement and emerging dynamics of the clay. It is this interplay between the person and environment that shapes an outcome that is creative and fluid.

The impulse to touch, to “see” what is real drives my work. I feel drawn to Tromp-l’oeil because of this real/not real tension. Recreating objects that are familiar, literal, and nostalgic, are used to tell stories. It is the object and its content that covey the specific message. The objects chosen become metaphorical for what is happening personally in my life and what I see happening in my environment, relating current events and the human experience. Viewers must question for a moment “what is real”, then interpret using ones own experiences as to the meaning and creating ones own story.


In my recent work, I am creating a moment, glimpse in time; but I want the viewer to think past that moment. I reference familiar, literal and nostalgic objects to draw the viewer in close to trigger memory and reflection. This work documents current events and personal experiences. Using objects that hide messages, encoded information and personal data, I compose scenes that carry double meaning. Sometimes they convey humor but also outrage and hurt, exposing disparities that divide family and culture.


Paula Moran comes from an athletic and teaching background. After playing professional basketball overseas for four years after college, Paula went back to school and received a Masters degree in Sport Psychology, to then teach and coach women’s basketball for the next 14 years at various colleges. Currently, Paula is in her last year of San Francisco State University’s MFA program. “I have always considered myself an artist, whether on the basketball court or in the studio.”


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