One canvas set on top of another.
The art of the abstract is for Moore a way to deal with the great concepts of “life / the world & everything” and simplification by a close focus on these aspects of life.
Just as a map makes sense of geography, the abstract makes sense of “life / the world & everything”. A concept (which is a unit of thought) is placed in a mostly 2-dimensional form, becoming part of the visual world. Thought is given meaning in a visual way.
It is the same as handwriting.
It is possible to decipher the symbols of Moore by a basic examination of her work. But the key is always that it is simplified, and then drawn to the fullest examination in that simple form. She likes to look at change, time and place, transitions.
The abstraction is a myopic study of the very very simple, like taking a magnifying glass and putting it up to a life concept and studying the concept for all of it’s elements. Psychology, engineering, science and religion. Her abiding fascination is with edges: the edge of life, the edge of death and everything that happens inbetween. One colour set in a square in opposition to another colour is a perfect representation of the dynamics of the edge. Edges can be fuzzy, clear-cut or downright messy.
Examined closely, an edge can be put on a continuum.
Another abiding fascination of Moore’s is the essential contradictions embedded in all aspects of life. Like riding a bicycle, one corrects from left to right to stay upright. All of “life / the world & everything” is a matter of finding a path that fits somehow between the opposing pull of contradictory forces. This ties up with her fascination with edges.