Lorraine Simms Eidolons

Date(s): Nov 5 to Dec 10 2022

Location: Salle Daniel-Dion et Su Schnee

Exhibition

Eidolons

Lorraine Simms, Hippo Amphibias, AMNH # 70019 (Hippo pelvis, no data), 2021. Photo : Paul Litherland

In this exhibition Montreal artist Lorraine Simms presents drawings that represent the cast shadows of animal bones and skins. These spirit-images, or Eidolons, propose an unexpected and surprising representation of the natural world. Based on research undertaken in the Mammalogy Department at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Simms focused on animals considered endangered or vulnerable. Whales, polar bears and elephants are just a few of the iconic animals depicted by the ghostly shadows of their remains. Suggesting presence and absence, Simms’ drawings become poignant reminders of key environmental issues such as habitat loss and the extinction of animal species. 

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Eidolons

Lorraine Simms, Hippo Amphibias, AMNH # 70019 (Hippo pelvis, no data), 2021. Photo : Paul Litherland

Lorraine Simms is a Canadian artist based in Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal, the unceded Indigenous territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation. It is with gratitude that she lives and works in this territory. 

Lorraine Simms has exhibited her artwork across Canada and in the United States over a career that spans more than 30 years. She has participated in notable residencies, including the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Simms is the recipient of numerous grants from the Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. She has held teaching positions at Concordia University and Dawson College in Montreal and curated numerous exhibitions. Important recent exhibitions of her drawings have taken place at the Canadian Museum of Nature (Ottawa, December 2021 – September 2022) and the Illingworth Kerr Gallery (Calgary, January – March 2022).  

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