Elizabeth Moran

Elizabeth Moran (b. 1984) lives and works in San Francisco. She received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in the Department of Photography + Imaging in New York and is currently pursuing her MFA at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She has exhibited nationally including exhibitions at SOMArts in San Francisco, the Gulf & Western Gallery in New York, and FotoFest in Houston. In 2012, Moran was named a Murphy and Cadogan Fellow.


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The Armory

2011–2013 (ongoing)

As is well known, fantasy and desire are often the result of mass manufacturing. Studies illustrate the changing sexual trends in America due to the increase in pornography consumption via the internet. However, what is produced is a direct result of what is demanded. What is watched is recreated and repackaged as something new. Does pornography, then, act as a mirror, a simple reflection of our collective, illicit desires?

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The Armory documents the ever-changing sets of the BDSM pornography company Kink.com. These custom-built backdrops, from suburban homes to meat lockers, appear both familiar and strangely foreign. Private spaces constructed daily for the public gaze indicate the demand, consumption, and manufacture of sexual fantasy.

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To view more of Elizabeth’s work please visit her website.