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Bigfoot as performance art

Apr 2, 2012
by Tom Iacuzio, '06

Art professor Patrick Moser takes painting into the world of film to create a unique take on the famous mythical creature

As a child, Patrick Moser remembers being freaked out the first time he saw the famed 1967 Patterson-Gimlin footage that supposedly documented “Bigfoot” traipsing through a California forest.

Now, that uneasiness has led Moser, the chair of the art and design department at Flagler College, to venture into the realm of video with a piece called “Patty Goes.” It was screened at the Fundada Artists’ Film Festival in Wakefield, England, in the summer of 2011. 

“Initially I didn’t want to be a teacher because I thought I had more important things to do. But as soon as I began to do it in graduate school, I realized how rewarding it was and that it was an area where I could grow creatively,” he said. “Every artist’s fear is that teaching will stifle creativity, but that has not been the case.”

Eleven years later, Moser finds himself the chair of the art and design department and with a successful art portfolio. He said it is thanks in part to the faculty and students he works with who inspire him.

“The art department isn’t somewhere to come to just hang out. Students will come and they’ll really get challenged and have to work. We’re very fortunate to have the tools we have,” said Moser, referring to Flagler’s bachelor of fine arts program, the Molly Wiley Art Building and the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum. “Those things have allowed a department that’s extremely strong and gifted to realize its potential. We are at a moment where we’re really operating at optimum capacity creatively because we have the resources and an incredible faculty to do it with.”

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