This exhibition is inspired by the new science of Synthetic Biology. The forms are reduced down to their most basic elements, appearing as groups of small spheres that coalesce into larger groupings. This represents the way cells naturally organize themselves into organisms from the moment life starts. It also references the way scientists are now reprogramming that process by cutting apart the RNA and DNA of organisms and rearranging them into new, modified entities.
The last 3 sculptures represent the possible results of synthetically manipulating organisms. Structures from insect wings to coral branches have been altered to represent synthetic formations that could be grown for useful purposes. When no longer needed, these materials would be naturally recycled into the environment.
By giving form to this minute and nearly invisible process, by creating images and sculptures that are inspired by the new world of synthetic creation, I wish to cultivate a greater understanding of this revolutionary new discipline.
Lawrence Morrell maintained a studio in New York for 15 years. His sculptures are collected internationally and he has had exhibitions at the US Embassy in Qatar, New York, Zurich & Oregon. He has been interviewed on Public Television (The NewsHour) and has taught art in New Zealand and Switzerland.