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John Morris

Life, Afterlife

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Artist Statement

I paint on and peel things in a process that merges painting, casting, drawing, and sculpture. The work blurs life and death, handmade and readymade, precious objects and "worthless trash."

Are the things we make, use, or love ever really dead, or can we rediscover and revive their spirit? When does "decay" become rebirth? Can we love what something is now while embracing what it might become?

Using fluid, plastic materials forces me to deal with change and accept that I am never fully in control. Shifting height, perspective, and mirrors further distort the line between the real and the magical. Hopefully, the viewer shares an experience of wonder and discovery.



About The Artist

A graduate of Pratt Institute, Morris creates installations with found materials that test the boundaries between art/non-art; beauty/ugliness; original/readymade; loved/unloved; precious object and worthless trash. His work has developed from a large body of drawings that playfully convey a sense of organic life, using traditional and untraditional media. He has exhibited his work widely and was founder/director of an alternative gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.


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