Terra Incognita: A Photographic Exploration of the American Southwest by Liz Donadio and Matthew Moore
Terra Incognita is a two-person exhibition of photographs by Maryland artists Liz Donadio and Matthew Moore, exploring the beautiful and often extreme landscape of the American Southwest. Matthew Moore’s landscape photographs focus on the southern California region in and around Joshua Tree National Park and are intermingled with Polaroid portraits of people living in the area. His photographs investigate themes such as the desire to escape from society and the blurred boundaries of military and civilian zones in the desert. Liz Donadio’s photographs, taken on multiple visits to far west Texas and Big Bend National Park, examine the intimacy of desert life by observing its light, flora, and land. Wide open spaces, intimate rooms, and multiple exposures speak to the magical, calming nature of this environment. Together, the works in this exhibition offer a poetic look at a region that is both hostile and seductive to those that seek to discover it.
Liz Donadio is a Baltimore-based photographer and video artist. Her photographic prints and immersive installations conjure meditations on the natural and human-made world. Donadio received an MFA from Towson University in 2012 and her work has been exhibited and screened across the US and Canada. Over the past year, Donadio has participated in festivals, conferences, and group exhibitions. She was recently the Bresler Artist in Residence at VisArts in Rockville, MD. Donadio is a Lecturer of Photography and Art History at Towson University and runs Color Wheel Digital, a fine-art print studio in Baltimore.
Matthew Moore received a BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan and an MFA from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Matthew’s work examines the contemporary landscape, with a focus on the way historical narratives are controlled through human intervention. His images have been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally. Matthew was an artist-in-residence at the Vilnius Academy of Arts’ Nida Art Colony in Lithuania in 2014 and at the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist-in-Residence program in Joshua Tree, CA in 2016. He is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2015 and 2018. In 2019 a solo exhibition of his work will be featured at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland. Matthew is currently an Associate Professor of Photography and the Chair of Visual Arts at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland.