Rooftop Gallery by Farmani Group is pleased to present a memorial exhibition for Petite Fleur Lukae Pascha (Theresa Ann Moriarty 1986-2010). District-W got together with Gabriela Moriarty, the exhibition’s host, as well as sister of the artist, the late Therese Ann Moriarty, to find out a little more about the importance of this exhibition and the reasons that drew her to exhibit her sister’s work.
District-W: What is this exhibition about?
Gabriela: The exhibition is about remembrance more than anything. Remembering that we are all made of light existing in a time, a very brief time. All we become after we die is a mere memory for others that continues to live. I wanted to juxtapose the notion of death with the resurrection of the artist’s works – to keep the memory alive so to speak – because memory can also very easily fade if it is not regurgitated.
District-W: Who was Therese? What was she like?
Gabriela: Theresa was my sister. She was bit of a wild child. One that would tight rope walk on the beam 5 meters off the ground with no safety net. She had a very intense and rich interior life as well as a vibrant bold exterior. She was sweet and colorful, creative and sometimes intimidating.
District-W: What inspired you to do this show?
Gabriela: The fear of forgetting, as well as wanting to share her life’s work, inspired me. I grew spiritually closer to my sister after her death. Through what she left us, I noticed how similar my own life and passions were to hers. The difference, however, was she was uninhibited, but I was hiding. I felt afraid to follow my passion for life for fear of the ostracism which she suffered. It wasn’t until I started going through her journals, her photos, her poetry, and her artwork that I began to see her as my genie hidden in the lamp. I alone, possessing all her works, needed to free this genie for her friends, her loved ones, and others. So in light of her courage, I wanted to create a space where other people could also delight in what she left behind for us. As death was not a taboo topic for Theresa, let it not discolor this exhibition in her memory. Theresa was too edgy and vibrant to be stopped by death. This exhibition is also a second chance for me to show more boldness and for her to share her genius a second time for us who remain. I also hope each of us at the exhibition might take at least one flower from the large bouquet that PFLP left to us.
Essentially, I’m doing the exhibition to heal. And it’s already working.
District-W: What will be happening throughout the opening night?
Gabriela: There will be live spoken words poetry, some of Theresa’s friends will give short speech about her, and I will open up the mic for anyone that wants to say a few words.
In the exhibition, there will be photos, watercolor painting, poetry, journals, songs, and VDOs all made by Theresa, but compiled by me.
ICS students participating in the grant award will also display their work.
For sale: Hardcover Photobook, Original Paintings, and all framed photos.
District-W: Why is this exhibition important? What will it teach people?
Gabriela: It will teach people to act upon your passion with urgency. I also want to create an atmosphere where people can celebrate life instead of regarding a death as a pitiful loss. I want people to see her soul, her talents, her life’s work now, because in my opinion, many people were too effected by her personality and blinded by her beauty to see her passion and skills.
District-W: What do you want people to take away from her art?
Gabriela: I would like it to take people on a journey to observe and reflect without judgement through Theresa’s photographs, journals, paintings, poetry, songs without a title, a stamped time, or any explanation for each work because the artist herself is not here with us anymore. It is going to be syncopated, fractured, and inconsistent. In a way, I want people to observe and just appreciate. I want people to go home feeling inspired to leave some sort of legacy.
District-W: What kind of art did she create?
Gabriela: Photography, sketches, poetry, watercolor paintings, and music.
District-W: Is Therese’s art a reflection of the state of society at large, or does her work represent a minority?
Gabriela: Her art represents the tug of war between the two: a constant fight to be involved in the mainstream society (uniquely conforming) while not to be attached to its worldly ways. The extremities of narcissistic personalities with selfies and Facebook vs the constant surrendering to God while struggling to do so. I could say this is a reflection of everyone, whether they know it or not. On the contrary, the portraits and objects she took when she left the cocoon of her apartment, herself as her subject, she connected with humanity.