Diana Moore: Earthworks

9 - 25 April 2021

Nüart Gallery presents, Earthworks, an exhibition of new sculptural reliefs by sculptor Diana Moore. The exhibition will run April 9th through April 25th. Please join us for the exhibition opening Friday April 9th from 5-7pm. 


Diana Moore’s newest series, Earthworks, is a continuation of her exploration of landscape through sculptural relief. In this series, Diana Moore is exploring how farming aesthetically reconfigures the Earth’s surface in much the same way that the land artists of the 1970s wrought their vision on the land through site-specific large-scale earthworks. “Although these interventions to the earth’s appearance is for food production and has no aesthetic intent,” Moore writes, “it does have enormous potential in just that way.” Moore looks at various farmscapes, which she creates in the form of her highly textural reliefs. The series includes deep, Rorschach-like aerial views of California rice fields, as well as colorful irrigation circles in Texas and Oklahoma that seem almost playful — though part of the pleasure of the work is to note that the aesthetics were born of utility rather than any formal intention on the part of the designers (farmers). It’s through Moore’s observation that the beauty of these fleeting moments of patterned landscapes are captured.


Diana Moore has exhibited her work at the Fresno Art Museum in California, the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, Italy, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She has received solo exhibitions at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, the Jersey City Museum, New Jersey, and the New Jersey State Museum. Her monumental Justice sculptures are placed at the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building and U.S Courthouse in Newark, New Jersey; the Warren B. Rudmen U.S Courthouse in Concord, New Hampshire; and the John M. Shaw U.S Courthouse in Lafayette, Louisiana. Moore was born in Norfolk, Virginia. She attended Northern Illinois University in De Kalb, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Diana Moore currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.