On Second Thought

Company Picnic by Hannah Morris
9″x12″; flashe, gouache, paper collage on board; 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Northern Daughters.


Hannah Morris: On Second Thought

at Northern Daughters in Vergennes, Vermont, USA
1 July-15 August 2021

There isn’t anything particularly unusual about the subjects of Morris’ scenes–a group of kids hanging around, folks gathering in a living room, a picnic–but they make being human look fun.

Morris portrays a community life in an authentic, comprehensive manner with the imaginative care of a true storyteller. Her play on perspective equalizes the characters. As your eye travels across the painting you get to experience each person as the protagonist and see with clarity the many ways the moment is inhabited.

Family Reunion by Hannah Morris
16″x16″; flashe, gouache, paper collage on board; 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Northern Daughters.

Morris works with collage, gouache and flashe paint to create her paintings. In regards to “On Second Thought”, the artist says, “This body of work represents my latest attempts to illustrate awkward, sweet and absurd moments of daily life while at the same time, bridging the gap between abstraction and representation. Creating visual narratives set in exteriors and interiors, I use collage and paint as a means to reinterpret the past for a fragmented, multilayered present moment.”

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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