December 10, 2021 – April 18, 2022
Step into a shadowy world conjured by Lorraine Simms through her mysterious drawings. Enjoy 15 unique works that reveal the shadows cast by the preserved remains of animals, including polar bears, narwhals, bison and more.
In her unique art, Simms focuses on a specimen, such as a taxidermied Great Horned Owl or hammer-headed bat, but it is the cast shadow that becomes the actual subject. Ghost-like, the finished drawings resemble X-rays or photograms.
Because many of the animals in Shadowland are listed as vulnerable or endangered, these drawings are symbols of both presence and disappearance. The drawings “bring to light the overlooked or the unseen, as shadows in natural-history cases often are.”
Lorraine Simms has exhibited her artwork across Canada and in the United States for more than 30 years. The drawings in this series were researched during two residencies in the Mammalogy Department at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, U.S.A.
The artist wishes to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for their support.
“My process of transforming traced outlines into shadow drawings is one of distillation whereby a fleeting moment becomes an uncanny form.”
– Lorraine Simms