An Installation of Ethereal Vessels at Lisa Harris Gallery
During the month of April, Lisa Harris Gallery features an exhibition of sculpted vessels by Northwest artist Ann Morris, entitled "Ann Morris: Crossing Through."
Mysterious, ethereal, and often skeletal in nature, Ann Morris’s vessels use organic materials such as seaweed, sinew, twigs, wasp nest paper, and leather to embrace the inevitability of transformation and muse on the entanglement of life and death. With exposed framework, their construction echoes that of old boats, which are air filled, can be seen through, hung or balanced on a finger. The suspended installation of quietly drifting vessels creates a dramatic interplay of cast shadows that heighten their otherworldly quality. Morris constructs from found materials, which she gathers and assembles with a keen eye for unique colors and textures. Though created on the same jig, each boat assumes its own form dictated by its individual components, inviting subtle changes in the color and shape over time. Each vessel is unique.
Also noted for her works in bronze, Morris maintains a studio on Lummi Island on her property “Sculpture Woods.” She has exhibited in Southern California, the Mid-west, and New England since 1969. Her work has been shown at The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Los Angeles Museum of Art, Museum of Northwest Art, and the Whatcom Museum, with galleries in Seattle, Portland, Port Townsend and Santa Fe. Morris graduated from Pomona College and has taught at the school of the Pasadena Art Museum.
"Ann Morris: Crossing Through" will be on view at Lisa Harris Gallery Apr. 2nd - May 3rd.
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