Kim Morgan's soft architecture makes an unprecedented contribution to the scope of contemporary sculpture in Atlantic Canada. Ingrid Jenkner, curator, Confederation Centre of the Arts
Artist Kim Morgan has worked with latex rubber since 2001, making imprints of decommissioned and dysfunctional architecture. Her work captures the pathos of buildings that once held a prestigious place in our lives.
For her life-size cast of a PEI lighthouse, Morgan and a crew of helpers used latex and mosquito netting to create imprints of its exterior and interior surfaces, ensnaring flecks of wood and paint, faint impressions of graffiti, and even traces of bullet holes. The result is a cultural artifact that preserves the haunting story of the lighthouse’s descent into neglect. Sewn together, the interior and exterior sections span sixty feet, incorporating more than 2000 square feet of latex.
A site-responsive piece that transforms into a new memorial in each space it inhabits, Range Light, Borden-Carleton, PEI, is an ephemeral monument to time and our experience with change and transformation.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Kim Morgan now lives in Halifax and teaches sculpture and installation at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. In 2012 she received the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award for Range Light, Borden-Carleton, PEI.