Morrocco’s work in "ORCHID" is primarily an exploration of photography itself. To take a picture, two things need to exist: light, which is seen with the naked eye as an image of colors, and secondly, a way to convey the image. This basic communicative act, the transmission of color, is fundamental to the artist’s series of works, which revolve around “Orchid,” a nameless, genderless figure posing in various landscapes of abstract RGB color fields. They are a nod to both Ellsworth Kelly, a Color Field painter who pioneered shaped, monochrome canvases, and the RGB color system, a standardized method of mixing colored light for digital display.
What’s notable here is that portraiture is typically about seeing someone, but in Morrocco’s images, there’s no one to be seen. Rather, it’s a generalized queer subject, hiding in plain sight; a full body suit obscures everything, including the face. Made colorful and formal, Orchid strikes classical poses or holds up mirrors as if playing a cheeky game of hide-and-seek, in which identification never wins.
Morrocco's work is currently featured in "New Visions," a group exhibition presented by VICE and Fotografiska, showcasing fourteen inspiring emerging artists from around the world.