Grief and loss, the missed goodbye, the hole in a life. The current poignant show at Duplex gallery is only up for a few more days but is well worth seeing. Moore’s mother died young, alienated from her family but leaving behind a rich web of memory and feeling for her daughter.
The ruby slippers and the yellow brick road is a metaphor Moore has been working with for several years but here it is not mysterious and is sharply painful and beautiful. The ruby red shoes of a four year Kathryn become the ruby red crocs her Mother left behind…her Mother’s last shoes sadly transformed by the daughter. Life span, a meditation on the mother-daughter relationship, the escape of death itself. We are briefly immersed and can feel the pain. Not discussed in Moore’s statement though is the gift that she has been given…the ability to translate a moment like this into art. Duplex Gallery, 219 NW Couch Street, Portland.