Morris works across disciplines. This show includes four Face Paintings. These are characterised by a distinctive pictorial gesture that is repeated in meticulous detail and draws the viewer into an apparently endless sea of faces. In addition to the paintings are four towering stack sculptures. Three are formed from coloured plaster and sand, and one is cast in bronze. All appear to defy gravity, reaching majestically for the sky.
Curated by Jane Neal, the exhibition explores the artist’s colour-filled language that uses repetition as a device to compose intensely worked paintings, dense with pictorial matter and emotionally charged.
“The emotional impact of her pictorial gesture accompanies the viewer in the transition from figurative to abstract painting”
Morris' complex sculptures have been described by the Wall Street Journal as “Stacks of Joy” .
sculptures have been described by the Wall Street Journal as “Stacks of Joy”
. Comprised of stacked “spheres”, they create a strong dialogue with the
artist's paintings, where hundreds of over-lapping faces have been forged from
one continuous line. The paintings almost appear to vibrate with an obsessive,
but tangibly playful energy.
Morris studied at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris, where, in 2002, she
won several awards. As a result of this early recognition, she began to gain
critical attention for her extraordinary draughtsmanship. Morris' works have
been exhibited in many important international institutions including: The
Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK; the Baku MoMA, Azerbaijan; The New Art Gallery,
Walsall, UK and Tate St Ives, UK.
Annie Morris, Studio view
Annie Morris, Face Painting and Stack Sculpture, 2015
Annie Morris, Stack Sculptures, 2015
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