My practice traffics spaces between expressed reality, nostalgia, and grief. Time and its tedious weight simultaneously reveal the unreliable nature of memory while anchoring with crystal clarity the transformative events from which our lives are shaped. In revisiting memories, the affect that surrounds enigmatic familiarity becomes all the more slippery to articulate. Somewhere shifting between the nebulous and concrete we find material attachments that when nurtured, help guide and sustain memory keeping.
In valuing the preciousness and complexity of memory, I seek time and space to consider the delicate relationship between materials and memory. Tending to the interconnectedness of memory and matter, I embrace material attachments from personal history to explore the lingering physicality of grief, unknowing, and reverence noted in sacred memories of contemplation. With distance from my home in North Carolina, my time in the Midwest impacts my perspective and life rhythm through the connection point of ritual and meditation. Careful material sourcing, manipulation, and archiving coalesce to encapsulate the essence of memories I contemplate over to maintain closeness. This making process, imbued with emotion supported by my current environment, fortifies the bond between the pair, yielding a more sustainable relationship despite my distance. The resulting objects and sculptures commemorate opulent, bittersweet, and tragic moments. They are testaments to the complexity of lived experiences, fusing past and present to shape and share that which cannot be expressed with words.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Meredith Morrison is a multi-disciplinary whose practice seeks to negotiate and sustain memory-material liasons. Morrison’s work is process-based and experimental, rooting itself in traditional fiber and craft techniques. She often calls upon intuition, meditative labor, and repetition to collect and build her compositions.
Morrison received her BA in Art + Design, concentrating in Fiber, and a BS in Textile Technology from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC in 2013, and an MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2021. She spent 2013-2019 working in Chicago, Illinois as a Textile Product Designer in the home manufacturing industry. Since completing her MFA she continues to build her practice in her studio in Detroit Michigan.
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