Sarah Moon, a student at the University of Georgia, has always expressed herself through her art, and businesses in downtown Athens notice her expressive and colorful paintings.
Moon responded to her Zoom interview with The Red & Black from the courtyard of Lamar Dodd School of Art as she prepared for her tough day at school.
“I’m still working to find that niche and that dial [in my art]. In all of these courses at Lamar Dodd we are working on this, so I feel like I still haven’t found my dial or my goal, but I’m working towards that, ”said Moon, a major junior. in painting and drawing.
Experimenting with various artistic styles, Moon uses bright colors, vibrant quotes, and even pages from his journal to create abstract multimedia works. She said she admired artists like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko as well as the American art movements of the 60s and 70s.
“I am very inspired by American art. … The abstract expressionist movement is so inspiring that everything is art – all scribble, all mark made, ”Moon said.
Moon’s work is often featured in the pages of her visual journal, a creative tactic she began implementing in high school art classes. While she might not turn every page into an article, the journal helps her find a place to start.
“I’m doing my best not to judge my journal at all. I also try not to judge my pieces too much at the very beginning. I just like to express as much as I can, then I take a step back and I’m like, ‘Okay, what’s working, [and] what is not? ‘ Moon said.
Growing up in Berkeley Lake, Moon has always expressed his creative side through different artistic mediums. In high school, she participated in her first artists’ market where she sold all her pieces. Moon then marks his success as the start of his company, Moon Art.
Since arriving at UGA, Moon has designed pieces based on his experiences in Athens. Last summer, Moon created a collection called “Happy to Be Here!” that caught the eye of the downtown Cheeky Peach boutique.
Kirstin Goodlad, a major junior in fashion merchandising and Cheeky Peach store manager, had known Moon socially and told her boss, Katie Jacobs, that Moon’s job would be perfect for the store.
“We were talking about introducing a local artist to Cheeky [Peach] and I thought of [Sarah] instantly, ”Goodlad said. “Chez Cheeky [Peach] … We want to mix a bunch of different styles and her work is so colorful and so playful, that’s what we try to instill in our clothes.
Goodlad says Moon’s vibrant pieces are also really about who she is as a person.
“Sarah is so down to earth and her job is totally her. She has a very, very different personality. When she walked into the store, and we said we were going to put some clothes on her, she was ready to do anything and I feel like it shows in her job, ”Goodlad said.
Although this is the first Athenian company to exhibit Moon’s art, others have plans to do so in the future. Butcher & Vine, a new wine bar at Five Points, has ordered a piece from Moon and downtown Jittery Joe’s will soon be showcasing its “Athens, Georgia on a Friday Night” collection.
As Moon’s work gains traction with companies in Athens, she continues to design in her downtown studio. When in the studio and studying styling elements in her classes, Moon said she channeled deep emotions that are reflected in her pieces.
“Personally, I’m very stressed out to sit down and be like ‘Okay, I’m going to paint this painting,’” Moon said. “First I want to express myself and bring out all the feelings, then I want to worry about the elements of the design, how it looks and what it looks like.”