Moses Williams art practice explores the inseparable nature of cognitive and material experience as it is lived both in and through the body. Working in sculpture, installation, performance, video, and sound, he investigates themes of ritual, empathy, sensuality, suffering, the abject, and the sacred. His practice is an intentional pursuit of the substantive and experiential aspects of what we encounter, a phenomenological examination of the relationship between bodies, materials, objects, and things. It is a lifelong attempt to develop whole-bodied awareness: a cultivation of traditional practices and knowledge in order to thoughtfully question experiences, and to wonder about the possibilities in actively, consciously, and intimately engaging with others and the environment.
Moses lives in Salt Lake City, Utah and is a professor of sculpture and intermedia at the University of Utah. Moses received a BFA from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville, TN and an MFA from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.
He has exhibited and performed throughout the United States and Europe, including Apexart – New York, Das KloHäuschen Art Center, Der Kulturanker Magdeburg, The Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Utah Museum of Fine Art, Zeihersmith Pop-up Gallery, and David B Smith Gallery. Moses has collaborated with The Nashville Ballet and Alias Chamber Ensemble, and with the residents of Unit 2 (the Death Row unit) at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, TN on a project with multiple exhibitions spanning several years.