Artist in Residence - Exhibition Launch
Opening Reception: Friday 9th February 2018, 5-8pm at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton
Exhibition statement: In Irish folklore, ‘the lost acre’ refers to an area in the landscape where you can be lead astray. This enchantment can last for several hours during which your time is unaccounted for and familiar places may look different. In the Irish language the phenomenon is known as Fóidin Mearbhaill, or treacherous soil. Often, a person might hear their name called or see someone they thought they knew and follow, only to be found hours or days or even weeks later with no memory of how they came to be miles away from where they should be.
Incorporating video, sculpture, painting and collage McMorrow’s exhibition appropriates archival landscape imagery in depictions of other-worldly encounters where the everyday is haunted by memory, anxiety and humour. Found materials such as wood, stone and lichen reference the passing of time whilst souvenirs from charity shops often work as surfaces to paintings that subtly shift the meaning of the original.
The video work is a recording of studio experiments. Drawing on the aesthetics of science fiction films and nature documentaries McMorrow uses materials like wax, ice, and jelly to invent a world where the familiar becomes strange. The film seeks to explore the patterns and forces that influence The Lost Acre phenomena and its combination of sensory and surreal perception.Exhibition runs until Saturday 3rd March
My work has been selected for a limited-edition magazine. 100% of proceeds will be donated to All Hands Volunteers, a US-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging and leveraging volunteers, partner organizations and local communities.
The publication can be purchased online here
In October 2017 I spent one month on a residency in the Burren College of Art. I was one of four artists awarded the Emerging Irish Artist Residency Award. This included an individual studio space and access to all college facilities. Together we will curate and organise a group show based on our time in the Burren which will be held in the BCA Gallery in 2018 and will travel to G126 Gallery in Galway.
Here's a link
I'm honoured to have won first prize in the Leitrim Sculpture Centre's exhibition North West Summer Open 2016.
The prize is a solo exhibition within the next two years plus private studio with access to technical facilities for one month. Happy days! The Leitrim Sculpture Centre is such an amazing resource and just happens to be located in my hometown of Manorhamilton! Here's a link
Pop up show curated by Peter Morgan in LSAD: