Sisko Gallery, Seattle Washington

Allen Moe


Moe’s aesthetic combines a hot, primitive brilliance and the cool objectivity of a trained scientist. “This work is realism,” asserts Allen Moe in reference to his vessels which are not in the traditional sense renderings of animal forms, rather, they are rendered from animals as found object. His works are composed of hand-built earthenware pots which he fires in a simple home-made kiln using dung and sawdust as fuel; the pots are the base from which he improvises with animal parts that nature and accident provides him. When looking at Moe’s work, the word visceral comes to me in many layers of meaning: the components are primarily the internal part of animals; the work evokes instinctual response, and it challenges mind-reasoning with a complex body-reasoning. He reaches into murky interior worlds to discover his images.