A Thousand Remembered Moments


ARTIST TO WATCH

Hannah Morris

Soft sculpture figures pose, dance, and climb the walls. An image of Donald Trump performing “I’m a little teapot” is embroidered on a series of cotton swatches. Collaged bird people in skirts and sweaters perch in a leafless tree. The world of Hannah Morris is a rich narrative informed by her belief that “vision is shaped by thousands of remembered moments.” Morris is one of those artists you come across and think, why have I not been watching this artist all along?

“Artists to Watch 2018” is a survey of contemporary Vermont artists that appears as special features in Vermont Art Guide #6 and #7 and in a two-part exhibition at the Vermont Arts Council.

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I create visual stories and scenes by arranging, refashioning, and building upon found images. Using tones, marks, typography, paint, and fabric, I create layered visual languages that allow for multiple interpretations of the details or of the entire scene.

An active member of The Front in Montpelier, Morris will be the 2018 artist-in-residence at Studio Place Arts in Barre. This is an opportunity for the public to see her work progress throughout the year. She kicks off her residency in March with the show, “Feast of Fools”, “a new body of painted collages and soft sculpture installations that explores the intersection of the sublime, the absurd, and the mundane in recognizable moments and places.” The residency will give Morris an opportunity to “make sculptures that are still whimsical but that are as multilayered as my painted collages. I’d like to push the boundaries of 2- and 3-D in making them, and to integrate further a sense of movement. I don’t know yet what that will look like but I think it will entail using additional materials and perhaps a new approach to form.” We can’t wait to see what she comes up with.

Originally from Southern Vermont, Hannah Morris has been living and working in Barre since 2010. She studied art, writing and documentary studies at Bates College, and eventually made her way to the Western Cape of South Africa with an initial plan to study botanical illustration. While in South Africa, she earned an MPhil in Visual Arts with a focus on narrative illustration. Her work has been shown in solo and group shows in South Africa, New York, and Vermont. Find out more at www.draw-lucky.com.

Morris’ work is in three exhibitions in the Barre-Montpelier area during the Spring of 2018. She is a featured artist in “Show 24” at The Front in Montpelier through April 28. You can see her work in “Artists to Watch 2018, Part 2” in the Spotlight Gallery at the Vermont Arts Council, May 4 to June 29.

Through May 12 at Studio Place Arts is Morris’ solo show, “Feast of Fools”, a exhibition of painted collages and soft sculpture installations exploring the intersection of the sublime, the absurd, and the mundane in recognizable moments and places. The “Feast of Fools” artist reception is happening as part of SPA’s “Big Arty SPA Happening” (B.A.S.H.) event on Friday, April 20, 7-9PM. Learn more about the exhibition, the B.A.S.H. event and how to buy tickets HERE.

“Artists to Watch 2018” is a survey of contemporary Vermont artists that appears as special features in Vermont Art Guide #6 and #7 and in a two-part exhibition at the Vermont Arts Council.

ABOUT ARTISTS TO WATCH | GET THE MAGAZINE | EXHIBITION DETAILS

Each issue of Vermont Art Guide has over a hundred places to see art around the state. The full-color, printed magazine has artist and venue profiles as well as articles and news about Vermont Art. Our goal is to document and share the state’s incredible art scene. SUBSCRIBE TODAY

Images by Hannah Morris (top to bottom):
Transplants (12″x16″; gouache, paper, glue, varnish on wooden board; 2017)
Town Meeting (36″x24″; gouache, paper, glue, varnish on wooden board; 2017)
left to right
Trumptych 1 (6″; thread, cotton, wooden embroidery hoop; 2017)
Trumptych 2 (6″; thread, cotton, wooden embroidery hoop; 2017)
Trumptych 3 (3″; thread, cotton, wooden embroidery hoop; 2017)
You Don’t Need a Halo to Look Heavenly, Angel! (featured in “Feast of Fools”) (30″x30″; gouache and paper collage on board; 2018)

Images courtesy of the artist.