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Art & Life with Laura Morrison

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Morrison.

Laura, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am primarily a fiber artist. I use free form crochet, knitting or sewing to create my nature-based sculptures. I grew up playing with the materials in my mother’s sewing room and graduated to working on embroidery projects during my train commute to and from Chicago where I worked as a graphic designer right after college.

However, it was my move to New Hampshire over twenty years ago that changed my life. It was then that I decided to focus my creative energy more fully on fine art. I began with creating collages and assemblages, often incorporating fiber into the artwork. Over time, fiber has become my primary medium. New Hampshire opened my eyes to the beauty of nature which serves as the primary point of inspiration for all of my work.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My work is about the persistence of life. Nature truly hates a vacuum! You see this illustrated everyday by the weeds in our gardens or a determined sapling growing through a cement crack. We are in the midst of a mass extinction by our own hand, but I know that Nature can regenerate itself into something new. The natural world is a beautiful and healing place. My sculptures are an imaginary peek at that regenerated new world.

I like using fiber to create my work because humans are so familiar with fiber. We need it to clothe ourselves and protect our bodies. Fiber speaks to the viewer on a very personal and primal level. It begs to be touched, it comforts, it soothes.

My sculptures are sewn by hand using a variety of materials. For the armature, I mold the basic forms by cutting and folding hardware cloth into a shape. I use hardware cloth because I can sew through the spaces and it feels a little like bones or cartilage when you handle the sculpture. Sometimes I will also weight the work by putting stones inside to give it heft. When I am finished with the shape, I sew on batting and a base material, usually a recycled wool sweater. From there, I use freeform crochet, knitting and sculptural sewing to create components that I attach to the sculpture. I’ll also embellish the work with embroidered or needle-felted details. Finally, I sew on hundreds of glass beads to give the piece sparkle and bring it to life. Working so intimately with the fiber in a very slow and methodical way is meditative and comforting. It gives me solace. Whatever the future brings, I know in my heart that Nature will survive.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
Do your work now. Today. Don’t wait for the perfect time, studio, opportunity, day or week. The most prolific artist I ever met created all of her work at her kitchen table. There is always time to work, you just have to find it in the hidden spaces of your life.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I show my work in various group exhibitions each year and list them on the home page of my website at www.lauramorrisonart.com. Through my website, you can access my WordPress blog, Laura Morrison Art: Musings about Art, Work, Life and Creativity; my Facebook page, Laura Morrison Art; and my Instagram account, lauramorrisonart. I also created two permanent public art commissions for The NH State Council on the Arts Percent for Art Program. One is at the Merrimack Courthouse and the other is at the New Hampshire Technical Institute dental building. For support, I’m always happy to sell my work. I love seeing new faces at art openings and I enjoy talking to people about my art. People can “Like” my Facebook page, follow me on Instagram or sign up for my weekly blog posts.

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Image Credit:
Charlie Freiberg

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