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The intention of my work is to approach the differences between what has been identified in our culture as organic and inorganic, and to clarify the impression of empathy amid “viewer” and “subject” by referencing the transforming qualities of photography.
As most of the plant and animal life today have evolved to their present state due to continual environmental changes, recently the primary focus of my work has been to depict the adaptation of these transformations in conjunction with our standards of modification. In the most recent body of work, the scale is intended to capture a diverse range of urban ecosystems, and is used simply as a reference or transcription of seemingly common, although modified, events.
Since the pursuit of landscape transformation began by making direct reference to nature publications, I began to take an interest in the re-interpretation of the photographic image; approaching it’s transcendental atributes using non-traditional mediums. The recreation of this viewer/subject barrier was intended to invoke a feeling of detachment, creating a contingency between what has been studied to the fullest extent and what we have yet to see. With these new images I hope to recover the alliance lost between the viewer and subject, inadvertently brought on by the obstacle of the lens.
Erin Morrison was born in 1985 in Little Rock, AR. After many years of studying at parochial middle school and an all-girls Catholic High School, at the age of 18 she made the decision to attend art school at Memphis College of Art. During her time there, she had the opportunity to study at the California College of the Arts through an exchange program, take occasional trips to New York, participate in an annual residency program at the Horn Island nature preserve, and assist with the installation works by Kenyan artist, Wangetchi Mutu, at the Power House. Erin has lived in New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. Currently working at Cornish College of the Arts, she continues to pursue an active role in the Arts community.