The visiting artists section follows our mission statement in our support of many creative and engaged photographers worldwide by giving them a platform to promote a limited portion of their ongoing work. UPA Gallery will be rotating a new artist every four weeks, with their work offered in a very exclusive format and limited time.
Macie Moon (1991-2016)
This posthumous visiting artist post is our humble celebration of the short career of a young and beautifully creative woman who died tragically in a house fire in 2016. In her early twenties, Macie had been a survivor of much abuse, mentally, physically and sexually, during her childhood by her babysitter at age 9; her cathartic journey of reconciliation was driven by her art, namely a series of eclectic portraits that explored her past and her desire to expose such abuse in order to “give a voice to the voiceless” as she poignantly declared, her fight with drug abuse as an escape mechanism.
Within her short lifespan and artistic career Macie wanted to not only expose and reveal her childhood abuse in order to support others as a therapeutic process, but also to pass forward her photographic skills. Several magazines interviewed her and her work was published digitally in many of these publications or her social media pages. Sadly, her original work was lost in the house fire that took her life and seriously injured her young husband who is still recovering from these traumas. So, we are left with ghostly poignant images residing somewhere in the Internet, reminiscent of the mysterious images of Francesca Woodman to some extent.
In one interview Macie remarks something most crucial to all artists: “ A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. The artistic photography world is not a competition. I want to thank everyone who has helped me, I in turn want to go out and help others see their own vision and potential.” This alone should be a reminder to all of us that art is powerful, personal as a cathartic journey at times, and also as it changes the world; it is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, love, forgiveness and moving forward by giving to others.
Humbly, the UPAG partners, family and friends of Macie Moon.
Links to the Work of Macie Moon: