Maria Theresa Moerman Ib is a visual artist and writer, raised between the Netherlands, England and Denmark. She is currently based in Scotland. A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art's Fine Art Photography programme where she is now a PhD candidate and a Visiting Lecturer, she also holds an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling.
Her practice, which includes curation, is rooted in autobiography and navigates the realms of cross-cultural identity, memory and grief. Through the mediums of photography, film and text, she translates found and original material into haunted narratives that linger in the slippage between the real and the imagined.
After graduating with a First Class BA (Hons) from the Glasgow School of Art in 2012, Maria Theresa Moerman Ib was featured in the Catlin Guide, an annual catalogue featuring 40 of the UK’s most promising early career artists. She later received an award from the Royal Scottish Academy for her work Suspended Animations, an installation for the 2013 New Contemporaries exhibition, which used organic materials such as blood, cocoons and wool to explore ideas of metamorphosis and rebirth.
Home Is Where the Heart Is but What If It’s Broken, a narrative about home told through the lens of loss, was a winner in the Jill Todd Photographic Award 2014 competition and was exhibited at Glasgow’s Streetlevel Photoworks gallery.
Following the fire that devastated the Glasgow School of Art’s iconic building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, she co-curated Part Seen, Imagined Part, a 2014 graduate exhibition about loss and resilience. She continued her curatorial practice with the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, creating the short film programme Good Grief to encourage conversations about mortality. Her Instagram profile The Ghost Curator regularly features selected images from her growing archive of found photographs.
The Third Dad, her debut as a director, is a short documentary that traces the artist’s search for her estranged father’s grave. The film was commissioned by the Scottish Documentary Institute, Creative Scotland and Channel Four. Premiering at the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival, it went on to screen at more than 25 international film festivals, winning Best UK Short at London’s East End Film Festival, a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award and garnering close to 400,000 views as a Vimeo Staff Pick.
Moerman Ib's most recent exhibition was a site-specific installation for Leith Theatre commissioned by Edinburgh’s 2017 Hidden Door Festival. Ghost Light reimagined found materials associated with her own and the theatre's past to animate the silent space.
In 2019, she received an MLitt with Distinction in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling, supervised by acclaimed poet and nonfiction writer Kathleen Jamie. Currently, she is pursuing a practice-led PhD in Fine Art and Creative Writing at Glasgow School of Art and University of Glasgow. Her research centres on charting the unresolved grief and fractured selves of cross-cultural individuals through creative practice.