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    Uriarra, MOJE, Klaus; 1985, Purchased from Gallery admission charges 1988
  Translucency
Artist MOJE, Klaus
Birth 1936, Hamburg, Germany
   
Title Uriarra
Date 1985
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
AccNo 88.1987
 

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.