When Anna Rank and Moira Matas met in the MFA Painting studio at Parsons, they immediately recognized each other as kindred spirits. "Anna's work and her approach made a great impression on me," says Matas. "I felt a strong connection to her because we both look for the
complexity and the simplicity in nature." After attending Parsons, the Uruguayan-born Rank moved to Argentina, where she continues to paint and teach. She has also served as artist-in-residence at Altos de Chavón School of Design, Parsons' partner school in the Dominican Republic.
Matas stayed in New York, where she paints, teaches, and works in communication design. The duo collaborated on an art project for the International Vigil of Peace, held in Central Park in the fall of 2009. They also continue to give each other feedback. "Anna and I speak
honestly to each other about our work," says Matas. "I'd be a different artist if I hadn’t met her."