Edward Ray Moore, Jr.
Map of the Spirit: African Breeze, 2003, ink, archival paper, 8.5in. x 11in.
How did you get into debt?
Mine has not been an orthodox path in becoming an artist. My debts came from studying--I began studying art at California State University Hayward (now East Bay), where I got a B.A. in Art History; and then got an MFA in Drawing and Painting from CCA (California College of the Arts, formerly CCAC). I studied Political Science and a History minor at the University of Liberia, up to the 4th year level, and was already doing a proposal for my final thesis, when civil unrest began on the campus of the University of Liberia, where I was studying. Eventually the whole nation fell into political turbulence--ending any hope of following my father footsteps, by entering the Foreign Service. So I decided to pursue my first passion, art, to my father's dismay. Before he passed away, he asked me if I had never heard of the proverbial starving artist?
Map of the Spirit III, 2005, mixed media, archival paper, 8ft x 10ft
How does your economic reality effect your art?
Limits the amount of time I can spend doing art and getting involved in artistic pursuits.
Map of the Spirit: Journeying, mixed media, archival paper, 8ft. x 10ft
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Map of the Spirit: Showers of Blessing, 2005, archival paper, mixed media, 4.5ft x 2ft.