Lorraine Simms - Shadowland at the Redpath

Thursday, October 19, 2023 17:00to19:00
Redpath Museum 859 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C4, CA
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When: Thursday October 19, 5 – 7 pm

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Artist in attendance

The Redpath Museum is pleased to present Shadowland at the Redpath, an exhibition by Lorraine Simms. Drawings from her ongoing series will be exhibited within the permanent collections throughout the two second-floor galleries.

In these works, Simms faithfully represents the shadows cast by the skulls and bones of endangered animals. Working with specimens from the vast collections at the American Museum of Natural History in New York (NY), the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa (Ontario), and here, at the Redpath Museum in Montreal, Simms’s drawings explore concepts of absence, empathy, and loss. These ghostly drawings suggest disappearance, both of individual animals and of their species.

Time expands in these drawings: months of forensic attention are devoted to the process of transforming traced outlines into luminous grey tones. The subtle sense of movement created by these transparent overlapping shadows conjures the spirit, or ghost, of each animal. This haunting evocation of a once living animal encourages feelings of reverence, empathy, and kinship.

About the Artist:

Lorraine Simms has exhibited her work across Canada and in the United States over a career that spans more than 30 years. Drawings from Shadowland have been widely exhibited, including at the Canadian Museum of Nature (Ottawa), the Beaty Museum of Biodiversity (Vancouver), and the Illingworth Kerr Gallery (Calgary). Simms is the recipient of numerous grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. Lorraine Simms is based in Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal.


Grus americana, CMNMA # 5567 (Whooping Crane skull), 2023

Graphite on acid-free paper / Graphite sur papier sans-acide

76.2 x 56.8 (30” x 22 3/8”)

Land Acknowledgement

McGill University is on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous peoples whose presence marks this territory on which peoples of the world now gather.

The Redpath Museum's director EDI statement.

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