In Bold Self-Portraits, Fantastical Masks Camouflage Noah Harders in Flora and Fauna
Indigenous Hawaiian artist Noah Harders takes a whimsical tactic to style in Moemoeā, his initially institutional exhibition opening future 7 days at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Translating to aspiration or fantasy, the show’s title gives a conceptual, political, and aesthetic basis for Harders’ wide array of works that completely transform crustacean shells, skeletal stays, lush jade bouquets, and other organic and natural make any difference into sculptural wearables. The fashions are intricately constructed and mask most of the artist’s confront as he captures their sprawling forms by means of bold self-portraiture, which he describes as fostering a connection in between himself and the located objects. He describes:
When I place on these masks, I feel like I am embodying the spirit and essence of seemingly standard products that can be uncovered all-around us…These pieces are a way for us to stage out of the harsh reality we are eaten by just about every working day and only have a moment to aspiration and truly feel encouraged by what surrounds us on this earth.
Moemoeā operates from November 3, 2022, to July 23, 2023. Dive into Harders’ intensive archive of headdresses on his site and Instagram.
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