Tammy Mae Moon
Tammy Mae Moon is currently a Lexington, KY based self-taught artist. Tammy was born in 1975 and grew up in the magical, enchanted forests of the Ozark Mountains. Her first artistic influences, like many artists, were the Pre-Raphaelites. Their portrayals of myth entranced her as did their ability to paint her inner world. Though she was practically born with a pencil and sketch pad in her hand, it took a few years after earning a degree in Antiquities before she realized it was art all along that had her heart and soul.
Moon is predominately an acrylic figurative painter. Her art borders somewhere between Pop Surrealism and Fantasy with a strong sense of emotion in the eyes of her subjects. She explores themes of feminine strength and vulnerability and weaves this with shamanism, occult symbolism, and myth to portray various archetypes of women.
"I am drawn to those female archetypes that got a bad rap in history or myth, the Liliths and the Morgan Le Fays, the witches and enchantresses. In myth, goddesses like Circe and Morgan Le Fay were said to control the weather by unbraiding or unbinding their hair. Most of my women have hair flying around like they are in a windstorm. I think it draws upon that archetype of the electrical, creative, dark goddess. It is this archetype of the goddess we still struggle with today. The crazy, chaotic, primal feminine force that man has never understood, and yet underlies all of nature."
Her work has appeared in periodicals such as Beyond Fantasy Magazine, Catapult Art Magazine, and her work "Lilith" graced the cover of the Denmark Science Fiction journal Novum. She has showed her work all over the United States and has work in collections as far away as Australia.