Moriaen's Shadow

Organ pipes, cast concrete, and audio, 2015

With Moriaen’s Shadow, Pinder uses organ pipes as personifications of history and experience. The object, coupled with an audio soundscape, presents a textured, collaged representation of history: lynching, the black church, space exploration, and Afro-Futurism. The organ pipes are from a brilliantly modest and defunct Baptist church in rural Pennsylvania. The essence of the work relates to the concept of sound continuing after it is first heard. The objects—dented, galvanized steel pipes—represent the many facets that collectively signify a damaged but unified identity. Moriaen’s Shadow references verticality, singularity, and strength.