Professor Moonelis exhibits her art in London

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Above: Photographs of Eastern State Penitentiary Site Projects by Judy Moonelis on display at the University of Westminster's London Gallery West. To the left is "Blood Cell (Cell Block 2, #27/29)" and to the right is "Brain Cell (Cell Block 10, #21)." 

By Dan Landau

Judy Moonelis, professor of fine art at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus, has a selection of her sculpture and photographs of her site projects on display in the University of Westminster’s London Gallery West. The show that runs through January 3, 2016.

“I am regularly invited and exhibit my artwork, nationally and internationally, but am not always able to travel with it. Here I had the opportunity, thanks to support from FDU’s Becton College, to go to London, install the exhibition and participate in a symposium,” says Moonelis.

Through her art, Moonelis explores the human body and its systems. “The intricate human body provides the conceptual focus for my artistic practice,” she says. “My work represents investigations into varied internal and external anatomical structures. Human brain function, respiratory, circulatory, nervous and sensory systems have all provided sources for my art. Connections are drawn between our invisible internal and visible external worlds.”

Moonelis creates both site-specific and gallery-based works. Recent historic site projects relate the human body with architectural features of the site and include the abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia and the Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue in NYC.

While in London for her exhibit, Moonelis spent time in Westminster Abbey to study the Henry VII Chapel. The chapel will be one of the resources for her upcoming exhibition and site installation in New York City’s Church of St. Paul the Apostle (April 14 — May 31, 2016).