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    Uriarra, MOJE, Klaus; 1985, Purchased from Gallery admission charges 1988
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.