Spatial Luminance is a solo exhibition of recent works by Mokha Laget created in 2018. Her paintings reflect the artist’s continued investigation of space and light in large, colorful shaped canvases.
Mokha Laget has created a series of geometric abstractions that vacillate between non-objective interpretations and illusory perspective. Her stacked arrangement of forms activates and draws the eye in a multitude of directions, transcending the pictorial space into the architectural space of the gallery.
The surface of her works has a matte, velvety, texture, enhanced by clay pigments and Flashe, a heavily saturated vinyl paint. While some colors sink into the canvas, others appear to jut forward in playful optical permutations. The North African deserts where she spent her early years inspired Laget’s bright palette as have the striking landscape and colors of the American Southwest, where she has lived for the last 20 years.
Laget’s early life was spent in North Africa, France, and the USA. She studied Philosophy, Anthropology and obtained her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington DC where she studied under several prominent members of the Washington Color School. She later obtained a postgraduate degree in Linguistics from the School of International Relations at Georgetown University, and completed graduate work in Museum Studies from UC Hayward. She has exhibited widely over the last 30 years, nationally and in Europe. Additionally, Mokha Laget has worked as an independent curator, is a published translator and poet.
Her works are included in such collections as the Ulrich Museum, the Museum of Geometric and Madi Art, the George Washington University Collection, the US Department of State, the National Institutes of Health as well as private and corporate collections. She currently lives and works in an off grid studio in the mountains of New Mexico near Santa Fe.