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|Artist|| ||MOJE, Klaus|
|Birth|| ||1936, Hamburg, Germany|
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|Place|| ||Canberra, Australian Capital Territory|
|Medium|| ||fused and ground mosaic glass|
|Dims|| ||6.2 x 57.4 x 44.3 cm|
|Collection|| ||National Gallery of Australia|
|Creditline|| ||Purchased from Gallery admission charges 1988|
Klaus Moje is a leading international figure in glass who, since his arrival in Australia, has been highly influential on the development of studio glass. As a teacher and mentor, he has encouraged a new generation of Australian glass artists to explore the possibilities of kiln-forming.
Moje's work in fused mosaic glass, while drawing upon ancient European traditions, is a celebration of modernity, change and inclusiveness. The combination of the visual and technical language of mosaic with the glass-carving and engraving traditions of his native northern Germany has shaped Moje's approach to structure and surface. His expressive and intensely coloured and structured geometric work is a reflection of his visual explorations into the patterns of the underwater world, the landscape and the sky.
The shield-like form and crosshatched decoration allude to Aboriginal carving, but this work also reflects Moje's interest in the particular visual organisation of Australian indigenous art.