Artist Talk: Friday, April 5 at 5:30pm
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 6 – 8pm
Exhibitions Run: April 5 – 25, 2019

An installation of prints, paintings, and video expose Hollis’ inquiry into the question ‘what is in our water?’ and makes visible the medley of organic, inorganic, storied, imaginative microscopic worlds suspended in the Rio Grande and its acequias and tributaries.

The new body of work will present Hollis’s creative inquiry into the question “what is in our water?”. The work will make visible the complexity of organic and inorganic substances suspended within our water. Hollis produce the work in her own Albuquerque studio and during two upcoming artist residencies at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Kingston, NY and in Siddhathangar, Nepal.

The public paper microscope makes it possible for the public to cheaply access microscopic imagery and function as citizen scientists. During her walks she will gather water samples and collect microscopic imagery. She expects to discover a meshwork of nutrients, pollutants, hormones, plastics, animals and plants, etc in the water samples to expose how environmental issues are also social and political issues.

A dozen works on paper, four panel paintings, and a video will be composed into an installation that engulfs to viewer a world of inquiry.

About Hollis Moore

Moore is an artist and educator living in Albuquerque, NM. She earned an MFA in Printmaking and Art & Ecology at UNM. Recently she was awarded a SITE Santa Fe Scholar and a Post-MFA Research Grant by the Land Arts Mobile Research Center to collaborate with the Nepal Study Center. She exhibited her thesis project at the Open Space Gallery in Albuquerque and led a Recycled Papermaking workshop. Moore participated in artist residencies at Women’s Studio Workshop, Land Arts of the American West, LEAP in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, and Signal Fire Arts. Her work has been published in Emergency Index Performance and shown at the UNM Art Museum, Santa Fe Art Institute, Tamarind Institute, and Texas A & M University Islander Gallery. Moore completed her BA at Colorado College in 2013 and she worked as a printer for Oehme Graphics in Steamboat Springs, CO.

Hollis Moore investigates environmental issues related to water scarcity with performative field research, printmaking, and installation. Moore begins each project with an assumptive perception on an ecological system and progresses as she unfolds her knowledge about that place. Her deformation of knowledge results in materialization of artwork. By embodying the method of unknowing, Moore’s artwork reveals a constant reinterpretation of place.

In order to face her assumptions about a place, Moore begins each project with field research. Her research investigates environmental issues through interdisciplinary documentation, dialogue, and performative gestures in a place. By comparing her mental and physical state to issues facing the place Moore searches for metaphors. As a printmaker Moore’s process exists in layers rather than finished compositions. She references the history between science and printmaking in order to reject images and ideas as static compositions and present them as dynamic objects to be deconstructed, manipulated and reimagined.