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Kim Morgan: Range Light, Borden-Carleton, PEI, 2010
16 Oct 2010 – 21 Nov 2010
Kim Morgan, Range Light, Borden-Carleton, PEI, 2010
latex with wood framing and rope rigging
60 ft. long
(photo: Steve Farmer)
For Kim Morgan, the dilapidated range light that used to guide passenger ferries into a Prince Edward Island harbour before the days of the fixed link is more than a memory of times past.
This iconic structure is symbolic of what the community of Borden-Carleton was for so many years—a thriving terminus for the PEI ferry, and a beacon to the island, says Morgan, who teaches sculpture at NSCAD University, Halifax. The Confederation Bridge has transformed the town’s economy and the transition has been difficult.
Morgan’s temporary memorial embodies the experience of change and the process of transformation.
Using latex rubber reinforced with mosquito netting, Morgan and a crew of helpers cast imprints of the exterior and interior surfaces of the range light. Embedded in the rubber are flakes of loose paint and faint impressions of graffiti which preserve a haunting trace of the building’s descent from utility into neglect. Sewn together, the interior and exterior sections span sixty feet, incorporating more than 2000 square feet of latex.
Rubber has special properties which enable the artist to realize her concept: The material acts like a flexible skin which allows me to gather information from the original structure and reconfigure it into a new, unified whole. It not only captures every minute surface detail, it also pulls off all the vulnerable material...Paint, wood, dirt, even the smell from the original structure become part of the new form. Spectators may be reminded of the mutability of skin as a living surface and sensory organ. The skin-like texture endows the sculpture with a curiously vital, sensual quality, almost a living presence.
According to the artist, As the ghost of a beacon, the installation is meant to be an ephemeral memorial to a maritime symbol, but it’s also a monument to a community in transition, and the potential for positive change.
In its paradoxical expression of the relationship between inert materiality and living presence, Kim Morgan’s soft architecture makes an unprecedented contribution to the scope of contemporary sculpture in Nova Scotia.
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