Anne-MARIE MOSS

Artist biography

Devon based artist Anne-Marie Moss began her creative career as a propmaker. Through that, she developed a keen interest in carving and modelling. Soon after, she returned to college to develop her sculpting skills further. Graduating at the Frink school of figurative sculpture in 1991 and becoming a sculptor. She then spent under a year in an Artist colony in Lancashire with 35 Artists living and sharing studio space. She was left to her own devices and acquired the self-discipline to work in the studio every day.

During the past 23 years Anne-Marie has been working and living in Buckfastleigh, Devon. Developing further as a sculptor and evolving her pactise through various changes of materials. She uses mostly Westcountry materials such as Portland, Polyphant, Bath and Beer stone. More recently, she has also started using Alabaster and Marble. Most of her work is based on the human form and has been inspired by life and parenthood. Her work is often emotive. Her aim, enticing the viewer to engage with the senses by enhancing surface variety. She now exhibits nationally, runs courses and also works to commission. She is a member of the South West Sculptors Association and her work has been acquired for various private collections.

Her creative process is intuitive in order to avoid getting stuck. She always has more than one project on the go to keep the work fresh. This way, she can observe and find the piece that it is easier to resolve each day. Often, a piece of stone is out on the bench weeks before she begins to carve. So she can familiarise herself with shape, texture and structure.
With her abstract pieces she begins without planning at all. She works with the shape of the stone free from any expectation and lets it express itself. Working in this way has an impact on her more figurative work. In other words, her approach is simple: if it's not working, she stops and turns the stone a different way around to make a brave change.