Waiting to Happen

Late Afternoon by Hannah Morris
20″x20″; gouache and paper collage on board: 2019
Courtesy of the artist and Northern Daughters Gallery, Vergennes, Vermont


Waiting to Happen: Hannah Morris

at Northern Daughters in Vergennes, Vermont, USA
1 September-31 October 2019

“Waiting to Happen” is Hannah Morris’ solo exhibition of ten new works created with the artist’s signature combination of collage and gouache paint. Morris fabricates visual stories and scenes by arranging, refashioning, and building upon found images. When describing the show Morris explained, “These pieces, created over the past half year, are emblematic of my pursuit to piece together new narratives from old images. Using figures, objects and scenes in a collage base layer comprised of bits and pieces from vintage magazines and paper detritus. I use paint to add to or remove from the visual story. At the heart of it, I want to create spaces by removing the excess from a prescribed space, animating seemingly still figures and objects, and make real what seems to be unbelievable.”

The result of Morris’ process is an intricate and at times surreal combination of perspectives and interactions. Much like in a dream, Morris’ work allows the viewer to agree to a collision of perspectives, unlikely and unexpected transitions with total confidence and acceptance.

Morris studied art, writing, and documentary studies at Bates College and then found her way to the Western Cape of South Africa through the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship program. She holds a Master of Philosophy in Visual Arts with a concentration in Narrative Illustration. Morris illustrated and designed an award-winning picture book that was published in Cape Town, and has attended several artist residencies in Brazil, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Her work has been shown in group shows in New York City, Cape Town, and throughout Central Vermont.

(text adapted from the gallery’s press materials)


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