Cee Moses interviewed by Davonte Bradley

Techspressionist Artist Interview Series #13 – April 14, 2021

Carmen “Payasa” Moses
Augusta, GA USA website instagram

Cee “Payasa” Moses uses various mediums to create work that is both cerebral and emotional. She often uses the contrast of the technical and human, emotional and logical, cold and warm (both in color and in concept) as integral components of her work. She often tackles controversial subjects like body image, tech dependence, sin, death, and guilt through religious lenses. Her artistic voice began to take form while learning about renaissance and medieval Christian artwork. The attention to detail and the diverse expressions of biblical stories and concepts in oils, tempera, and gold were awe-inspiring even in their simplest forms. Although to some it may seem sacrilegious, her work comes from a position of reverence and authentic and respectful questioning. Juxtaposing then and now, Payasa is also heavily influenced by technology in several respects. Artistic interpretations and works are informed by our current dependence on technology, its rapid development, and its uncertain future. Artists that have inspired her include Frida Kahlo and H.R. Giger. She was further influenced by contemporary entertainment, including movies like the Matrix Trilogy, Metropolis, and Cloud Atlas (as well as the book), music in many forms, but in particular the music of Janelle Monae (Metropolis) and other artists, performers, and animators who tackle both technological and religious subjects. In addition to Christianity, Payasa is also influenced by many major and minor world religions. Cee is a native of Augusta, Ga, and works in digital mediums as well as screenprinting, photography, and mixed media. She currently works as an art instructor and administrator.

Techspressionist Interviews are self-produced videos of of artists interviewing other artists in the spirit of Warhol’s Interview Magazine. Many thanks to artist Roz Dimon developing the Interview Series initiative and drafting the format. These videos are also published to the Techspressionism YouTube Channel.