Rosalind Lemoh contrasts the living vigour of the natural world with the severe dynamism of industrial reality. Her ability to evoke new meanings in familiar objects such as fruit is uncanny. She overturns conventional perceptions of the weight of objects, their uses and their meanings. The banal becomes the sacred: a banana, a monumental sculpture of polished concrete smoothened with a lead coating. But despite this shiny finish, the banana maintains its every bruise and blemish reminding us of the life it once lived in the fruit bowl before it was given pole position on the trophy shelf.
Using found objects, both living and inanimate these sculptures are a product of Lemoh’s personal experience between being a nature lover an urban-liver. Lemoh takes you on a journey through the life of the object, but she evokes new possibilities. Across different mediums, she explores the emotional and symbolic meanings embodied in them. Her creations startle us as they express the way small and mundane objects come to carry memories and sentimental significance in our lives. But these works are more than personal. Lemoh explores the reality for objects and living things in a natural, yet urbanized society. The new kinds of evolutions living things are confronted with in the face of industrial changes. Sump oil contained in small glass bottles engraved with delicate forms such as the heart or bones speak of this connection between human, natural life and industrial production and its effects. Experiences of both come together in poetic pieces that evoke emotive response and speak about this duality and conflict between our inclination to the natural but dependence on the industrial.
Adapted from catalogue essay by Isabelle Morgan; photograph by Brenton McGeachie.