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Niomi Moss Fawn: Flourish
April 15, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Niomi “Moss” Fawn’s debut solo exhibition at form & concept, Flourish, takes the form of a multi-piece altar in the gallery’s front corner. Unfolding across five weeks, with the Pagan celebration of Beltane, the pleasure season, at its center, Flourish is a landscape for sacred ritual and tender interaction. Lush natural motifs abound, visual and tactile pleasures swirl, and narratives of queer celebration bloom. Engage every week in special programs led by Moss and others.
Structured as a month-long performance art residency, this immersive and ever-evolving show calls attention to fleeting moments of beauty through ceremonial reverence and ecstatic joy. “A devotion to joy in this time in history feels more than important—it’s both necessary, and it’s a choice,” Moss says. Informed by the boundless spectrums of gender and sexuality, the artist opens space for romantic transcendence. They wield their craft, prayer, memory, hopes and fascinations in service of rapturous, hyperreal beautification. “This installation is an invocation. I defy the lie that beauty is vapid, that joy is ignorance,” says Moss. “Life is the flourishing of presence, of compassion and imperfection.” Gallery Director Jordan Eddy states “Moss is here to tell us that if hopelessness is the norm, then spreading joy is a radical act.”
Moss is a queer/gender installation and performance artist currently living in Santa Fe, NM. Predominantly self-taught practices in contemporary and traditional craft, ranging from woodwork to digital art and photography, inform their interest in hyperrealities, ritual performance, experiential spaces within 2D and 3D realms, immersive storytelling and boundary-blurring between viewer and artist, performer and audience. Their latest works involve the creation of objects and altars informed but not limited by classical concepts, which are placed in both natural and constructed environments, gradually transforming the surroundings and fuzzing the lines between real and hyperreal.