A native Houstonian, Syd Moen graduated from the University of Houston earning both a B.A. in Art History and a M.A. in Architecture. It was though her initial interest in the VR photography, in the late 1990’s, that led her and a group of friends to form a multimedia company called Haver Street Studios. “When we first formed our company we were aiming at documenting historic sites which were inaccessible to those with disabilities. However our focus changed when we landed a contract to integrate VR photography and special effects to create web based simulations for the petrochemical industry.” The knowledge she gained during that time-period was priceless and led to her current work in 360° photography.
Moen has participated in the Bayou City Art Festivals, both in downtown Houston and Memorial Park, and was the Featured Artist (downtown) in 2013. In 2015, she was selected to be Artist/Curator for Holocaust Museum Houston’s “Butterfly Project”. In 2017, she received an Individual Artist Grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. With the grant money, Moen designed and managed the creation of a public art sculpture titled “The Bridge”. The sculpture incorporates a 360° panorama image, reflective cone and an interactive “Love Lock” fence. Moen creates and sells her work from her Spring Street Studios location in Houston, Texas.
With a Masters in Architecture and a love of photography, much of my creative energy focuses on a version of 360° panoramic imagery. I translate this knowledge into both 2D and 3D works of art. My 2D art refers to my photographic work on a flat surface whereas my 3D art broadly refers to sculpture and immersive video. I suppose what I’m striving for in my art is a crossroads between reality and surrealism. My ultimate goal is to enlist the viewer as a collaborator allowing them to discover and ultimately control the significance of what they see.