Alva Mooses

Pronouns: she/her

March 7 to June 3, 2022

Alva Mooses is a New York-based multidisciplinary artist and educator. Mooses uses geological materials such as rammed earth, cast concrete and volcanic stones along with cultural symbols and personal experiences to critique the impact colonialism has had on our social and physical environments.

Mooses earned her MFA from Yale University in painting and printmaking and her BFA from The Cooper Union. Her work has been shown internationally, including recent exhibitions at The Clemente Studio 406 (New York, NY; 2021), Tou Trykk (Stavanger, Norway; 2020), Socrates Sculpture Park (New York, NY; 2019), the Mexic-Arte Museum (Austin, TX; 2019), and Museo Eduardo Sívori (Buenos Aires, Argentina; 2018). Mooses has had a number of residencies, including at the Center for Book Arts (New York, NY; 2020); the Loisaida Center (New York, NY; 2019), and the Davidoff Art Initiative (Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic; 2015). Mooses teaches at the Cooper Union and Hunter College.

During her residency, Mooses will continue a body of work that combines empty globe stands with rammed earth pedestals. The missing globes symbolize the loss of specific histories and potential futures, which is a legacy of colonialism. Mooses will further this project at GHP by using the studio’s extruders and glaze lab to experiment more with the forms and finishes of her sculptures.

Download the press release here.

Listen to the Yale University radio interview by Brainard Carey with Alva Mooses here.