“Whether it is a plant or clouds or smudges on a wall, these can all serve as inspiration for me and act as a starting point for a painting. My inspiration comes from the world around me and then it becomes something of its own. It is sifted through my memory and my imaginings.”
Jennifer Morrison at Graham’s Fine Art Gallery
26 January – 11 March 2017
Jennifer Morrison’s work deals predominantly with colour and shape and she uses these elements to explore juxtaposition, repetition, movement and rhythm. For example, thin and thick application of paint, dense versus transparent strokes, ordered pattern and free pattern, ad hoc marks, controlled brushstrokes and ones that allow for accident and free rein. Painting is, for Morrison “a physical encounter of freedom; it is essentially a bodily act and experience”.
Morrison explores the way that abstraction allows for ambiguity and does not necessarily need or want definitive answers or didactic explanations. “Whether it is a plant or clouds or smudges on a wall, these can all serve as inspiration for me and act as a starting point for a painting. My inspiration comes from the world around me and then it becomes something of its own. It is sifted through my memory and imaginings,” says Morrison.
Born in Durban in 1971, Morrison initially studied art at Natal Technikon and later at the University of South Africa but soon left to pursue her studies in London where she attended the Chelsea College of Art and Design and graduated from the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
Morrison has exhibited in group shows in London and New York and corporate venues; and has had solo exhibitions in London. Her work can be found in private collections in South Africa, Singapore, London and US.
'ColourFlux' is on show at Graham’s Fine Art Gallery, Johannesburg from 26 January till 11 March 2017.