Ships Passing In The Night – Megan Mosholder





“Ships Passing In The Night”


“Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing,
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.”


– Excerpt from the poem, “The Theologian’s Tale”,

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1893.


Through a combination of light, sound and moving images, Megan Mosholder has built a mixed-media art installation to surround and isolate TAC attendees from each other and the city streets outside the gallery’s doors. Entitled, “Ships Passing In The Night”, this brand new body of work is loosely built around the concept of missed connections. Although this show is a departure from Megan’s traditional three-dimensional, illuminated string structures, she has instead limited the parabolas – a structure often replicated in Megan’s work – to two-dimensional, iridescent thread wall hangings, each of which invoke nautical stars and are also a nod to the sailor’s way of finding home.


Inspired by light, space, time and place, Megan has built a time-sensitive, luminous quality into “Ships Passing In The Night”, and has requested that TAC Gallery remain open until 10pm to allow the black lights in the show to reach their full effect and thoroughly transform the invisible UV paint strategically brushed throughout all of her art pieces. The best viewing time for the show will begin at sunset (about 8:30pm)… shadows will lengthen and colors will begin to appear in the ship’s sails draped in the gallery’s windows.