Artist Talk and Tour with Ledelle Moe

Artist Talk and Tour with Ledelle Moe

Meet Ledelle Moe in person!

THIS EVENT, WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR SEPT 18, HAS BEEN POSTPONED due to Covid related travel restrictions that have affected the artist’s travel from South Africa.

WE DON’T KNOW THE NEW DATE YET, BUT WE ARE IN TOUCH WITH THE ARTIST AND WILL LET YOU KNOW DETAILS AS SOON AS WE HAVE THEM.

STAY TUNED!

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We are pleased to announce an artist talk and tour by South African sculptor Ledelle Moe to mark the inauguration of Monuments,  five cement and welded steel figures installed permanently in four locations across the ArtYard campus.  These massive recumbent figures are immense and fragile, evoking anonymous victims of xenophobic violence, beloved ancestral figures, and gargantuan fallen animals while reckoning with issues of land and place. They nod to recently deposed statues of confederate “heroes,” and to histories of appropriated lands.

The process of creating these large sculptures begins with a welded armature constructed in a way to allow the whole form to break down into individual fragments that are then bolted back together. The armature is covered in a fine mesh upon which the cement is applied and carved. Once completed—the sculptures read as cavities and the seams and connecting points are revealed. In this sense, the piece has the presence of being seemingly solid and whole, yet modular and fragmented. This technical component of the work dovetails into the central conceptual themes in the installations, namely those of strength and vulnerability, permanence and impermanence.