Marguerite Moon BIO
Marguerite Moon is an artist and photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa. She works mainly with and within photography. Life as a solo parent with two daughters often (but not exclusively) informs her work.
Moon holds a Master of Fine Art degree (Cum Laude) from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.
She has participated in various exhibitions. She is currently part of the Home Is Where The Art Is exhibition at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town. Her work was exhibited at the AVA Gallery in 2018/2019, the Turbine Art Fair in 2018, the Art Africa Fair in 2017. She was a Sasol New Signatures Competition finalist in 2013 and 2016 and nominated for the Tierney Fellowship in 2014 and 2015. In 2015 Moon was selected by the Palestine Museum in Cape Town as one of six South African artists to participate in a residency in Palestine during June 2015.
"I often traverse the space between mothering, mother-being and making art in my work, and life. The site of mothering is usually relegated to the domestic space; it must be performed behind the scenes, just happen. Quietly. My work challenges this notion by presenting alternative ways of considering the mother. It is enormous, unpaid and undervalued labour. One mother does not equate to all mothers. The act of bringing the mother, lived mothering experience and mother-being while making art, into the contemporary art space is daunting as many patriarchal beliefs surrounding mothering prevails.
My interest lies within subverting the norm of portraiture by exploring different ways of making portraits. The notion of time in relation to living, in conjunction with photography's capabilities as a medium, plays a substantial role in my work."