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MEMORIAL (COLLAPSE) (article first published : 2005-08-1)

Memorial (Collapse) is the title of a sculptural installation by Ledelle Moe to open in the Park Gallery of the KZNSA (formerly the NSA) on August 4.

Ledelle Moe is a Durban-born artist who completed her Masters in Fine Art at the Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996. Since then she has lived and worked in Washington DC, USA. She participated in numerous group exhibitions including Drommar Och Moln at the Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Sweden and Six Sculptors at Long Island University in New York. Her large-scale sculptural projects have also been exhibited at Pratt University and Socrates Park in New York. Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, Maryland, and Flashpoint and Signal 66 in Washington, DC.

Her last solo exhibition in South Africa took place in 2003 at the then NSA, titled Collapse. The work for her new exhibition at KNSA consists of a site-specific, large-scale concrete and steel sculpture made in Durban during the past month. She works mostly on a large scale and her interest in the monumental and heroic is evident in her work.

Ledelle Moe’s sculptures typically reference human and animal forms. For this show, the work takes the shape of a large, toppled head. Memories of recent world events, particularly the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s public statues and the demolition of the Afghan Buddha’s seem implicit in the work. In spite of the scale, the work ironically also invokes notions of vulnerability and pathos.

Also on exhibition will be a collection of small, carved concrete heads that evoke associations with archaeological artefacts eroded by time.

The exhibition closes on August 21. More information from curator Storm Janse van Rensburg on 031 202 3686, fax 031 201 8051 or e-mail: curator@nsagallery.co.za




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