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The Art Portfolio of Morwenna Morrison

A painting with an overlay of a black and white photoEt in Arcadia Ego, oil on canvas

Morwenna Morrison creates layered artworks that explore nostalgia, memory, and storytelling. The artist works primarily in paint, though she often incorporates other artistic media and techniques into the brainstorming and planning process of a work.


A painting that mimics the look of a photographic collageNostalgia and the Romantic Idyll, oil on canvas

 

I love Morwenna’s recent paintings in oil on canvas -- I find these works subvert the usual idea of using photographs as references. Rather than painting a scene from a single photograph, Morrison creates a collage, layering a black-and-white photograph over a colour scene, building up tension between the present and the past.

 

These geometric interventions into paintings that are otherwise quite strictly realistic are jarring and demand a closer viewing. They remind me, occasionally, of works by Renée Duval. I also like how Morrison draws directly from the aesthetics of photography. Rather than smoothing them over with paint, the artist incorporates things like glare and high contrast directly into her works.


A painting based on a photograph of two women, with geometric elementsHot Pink, oil on canvas


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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