Land/Collapse IV, 2006. Concrete and steel, installation view. Courtesy of the artist.

Collapse: A Conversation with Ledelle Moe

Born and raised in Durban, South Africa, Ledelle Moe graduated with a degree in sculpture in 1994 from Technikon Natal and became a founding member of the FLAT Gallery, an artist initiative and alternative space in Durban. That same year, a travel grant enabled a move to the United States where she completed her MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She currently spends most of her time making work and teaching at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Recent shows include Socrates Sculpture Park and Pratt Institute, New York City; Anderson Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa; the Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden; and KZNA Gallery, Durban. While Moe has used concrete in combination with human and animal forms for the last 15 years, she feels that she has only begun to explore the history of her homeland and to understand its profound complexity. Fiercely psychological and ruthless in execution, her sculptures erupt from a cataclysm of bipolar forces into an edgy yet fluid balance.