MORGAN SCULPTURE STUDIO
Hemeroscopium is an illusion to a place that exists only in our mind, in our senses, that is ever-changing and mutable, but is nonetheless real. When we are confronted with something that we don't understand we often don't realize that we don't understand it because we are able to come up with an explanation that makes sense based on our own unique perspective and experiences in the world. We all want the complicated world we live in to make sense, so we tell ourselves stories to fill in the gaps. Because of these gaps we wonder why others could have the views they have, especially when we are so convinced that our way of thinking is correct. This sculptures story is purposely interrupted by a break that emphasizes an incompleteness. That void offers interest and questioning to honor the idea that it's okay not to know everything. It's okay because that lack of congruency offers something more beautiful. An opportunity to bridge that gap through understand and learning. As long as we are accepting and loving and willing to learn from each other. The moment we dig in and refuse to appreciate the variety that the world has to offer is the moment we close ourselves off to our own evolution.
Leviathan The Leviathan is often an embodiment of chaos that threatens to eat the damned after life. Within us exists a struggle between who we want to be and who we believe we are at our core. This sculpture is based on a friend who married into a different culture. While at first it seemed foreign to him, time allowed him to embrace that culture and feel a part of it. So much so that he no longer sees himself as an outsider. What if the inner demon is not a demon at all, but a call to action to be more than we are? What if the demon, is just fear of change and doing things that are challenging?
After the Fall This sculpture is based on a friend and his attitude toward life after incredible hardship. A parallel is drawn to the story of Icarus and what could have been possible after his tragic fall. What if there was more to the story. We all have people in our lives who inspire us. Most likely it is those who have struggled, those who have overcome adversity. Those with an unconquerable spirit.
Sunrise we all deal with loss despair and sadness. Sunrise embodies the hope of a new day, the promise of warmth and vitality, the possibility that the darkness will be replaced by light and bring new growth and beauty into our life.
Sunset There exists a moment in the day where the light starts to change as the sun sets. It's in that moment, that a realization of lost opportunity sets in. Regret for the uncompleted, self-evaluation and judgement for how the day was spent.
This sculpture is not about that. It's about the moment that comes next. The sky begins to change. An intense pink reflects off the clouds and reds and oranges spread majestically across the sky. It's in that beautiful breathtaking moment that we realize that the day is behind us and there is nothing else we can do.
Everything about this sculpture exudes a satisfaction of what is. An understanding that life is not a plant that can carefully and predictably be completed. It's erratic and full of surprises, and we embrace those challenges and ultimately conquer them. And in the end when those purple skies become dark we can say: I AM GOOD ENOUGH!
Phoenix This is collaborative piece whose idea was born from a friend who was able to escape an abusive relationship. We can get into situations where we feel like there is no way out. We are trapped and we will die in that place before we can escape it. However, there is always hope, and sometimes we can only appreciate how impossible the situation was, having gone through it and seeing it from the other side. The phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.
Eye of the Storm In the midst of a storm, are we subject to its forces, thrown around by its dictate. Or are we instead the power behind the storm, the will and energy that drives the world around us.
Storyteller Is a sculpture about the importance of stories. We all have stories that need to be told. Those stories have the power to bring us understanding and compassion for each other. We need to know the story and it's significance. Stories ultimately, will bring us together.
Rise There is an inevitable choice that will be made regardless of our preparation to make that choice. The choice to rise up no matter how hard it may be. To fight when beaten down. To overcome when all else seems lost. However hard that choice may have seemed , looking back there was only one option . Rise!
Suhka Why is that for some the road is always bumpy, while for others it seems incredibly smooth? In actuality, maybe it has nothing to do with the road but the axles running on the road. Attitude is everything, and developing the mental aptitude to be able to look at things from a different perspective the true challenge.
'Nurturer' We all have someone in our life who gives and sacrifices at their own expense. Who is that person in your life? What have they given up so that you could be what you are today?
‘Refinement The sculpting process is so like life in that you start from a chunk of cold clay, with really no form, but a lot of unknown potential. Sometimes you are adding pieces and sometimes you are taking away. Added energy through heat and pressure causes changes. Little by little an idea becomes a form. A form exudes an emotion, An emotion tells a story that makes a connection. Refinement contrast extreme beauty with raw formlessness. It starts from a cocoon. Over time nothing becomes something. Most of the time my sculptures are complete disasters for half of the process. I think we see ourselves are that way. Fortunately there is no end to our development. What we don't like we can change. What we want be, we can become. It's our choice.
'Perception' What our eyes tell us versus what reality is, can be incredibly contradictory. Especially when it comes to evaluating ourselves. This portrayal of perception, shows two sides to this coin. One where a younger woman pinpoints every imaginable flaw, while an older depiction smiles at what she sees. Having the advantage of time and experience, she looks at a younger more beautiful version of herself with admiration and appreciation.