MOKHA LAGET

Is a New Mexico-based painter known for her shaped canvas work based on geometric abstraction. Born in 1959 in North Africa, she studied Fine Arts at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC.  Following her solo exhibit in 2016 at the MADI Museum in Dallas, TX, she was invited as guest curator to produce two exhibitions in 2017 and 2019 with catalog. Besides her painting, Ms. Laget has worked as an independent curator, art restorer, and arts reviewer. Her paintings have been exhibited internationally over the past 30 years and are featured in numerous private and institutional collections including the Ulrich Museum, The Museum of Geometric and Madi Art, Art in Embassies, The Artery Collection, The National Institutes of Health and has been written about in Art in America, The New Art Examiner, The Washington Post, Art Ltd., among others. She is represented by David Richard Gallery, NYC; Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco; Louis Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles; Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston and Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe. She received awards from the Golden Foundation in 2018, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2019 and Mass MoCA in 2020. She lives and works in an off-grid studio in the mountains of New Mexico.

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I am a colorist, passionate about the retinal and emotional effect of hues. The shaped canvas is my laboratory for exploring the effect of color and structure on the human psyche. Each painting is inspired, then built, based on an idea relating to the behavior of light and the spatial relations it creates in the physical environment.

I paint these geometric abstractions on shaped canvases to suggest illusory space and an imaginary topography. My colors are sensuous and highly saturated on a flat, matte surface.

They follow a trajectory of historically referenced work, with multiple vanishing points and implied motion in their rotated, folded, and warped shapes. By playing with changing perspectives and light sources, I combine various real and imagined architectural elements to create ambiguous and unexpected spatial relations.

My interest is not to represent a purely optical space, but rather to question how humans process poetic information when faced with impossible yet believable dimensionality. Mokha Laget