Laura Morrison (b. 1981 in London, UK) lives and works in New York, USA.
Working with writing, performance and scenic design Morrison creates lush, semi-absurdist spaces that revolve around the female figure. Temporary wall paintings, sparse objects and loose, indicative texts and drawings form part of a diagrammatic approach to hosting narrative elements and the physical qualities of a situation or story in suspense. Her motivation derives from a desire to inspect and unpack seemingly minor episodes of emotion and sensation by turning them into spectacular, theatrical subjects for remembrance and scrutiny: the light at a certain time in the afternoon; a throw away comment. Morrison’s work attempts to create potential for performance and extra time for living with a fact or a feeling where subtle moments can be the springboard for whole bodies of work.
For the past two years LM and Beatrice Loft Schulz have worked together, defining a continuous movement towards and away from friendship. They have worked on a series of projects including a residency and exhibition at Res (London) in 2015, a performance at Being Emotional at the Wellcome Collection (London), Their Wedding at the Swiss Performance Prize (Basel, Switzerland), the Transactions of Desire publication (Cornerhouse), and an artist’s talk at Islington Mill (Manchester) in 2016, and most recently wall murals and podcast for Feral Kin at Auto Italia in 2017.
Through these iterations, they have developed a format for parallel artistic practice that is perhaps indistinguishable from lived life, reflecting a conflicted desire for care and protection. LM’s practice includes painting, installation and writing, BLS’s practice includes performance, sound and installation. Their work together results in a multitude of shared outputs and is encountered by the public as accumulated layers of adjacent work in a single lived space.
Solo shows include: ‘As Pelvis’, Quick Millions, London, UK (2017); ‘The Burning Of The Coops’, Ingrid, London, UK (2016); ‘Vivian Cape Town’, Furnished Space, London, UK (2013).
Group exhibitions include: ‘Feral Kin’, Auto Italia, London (2017); ‘We Do Not Speak But Confine Ourselves Briefly To The Surface’, A Dramaturgy Of Interiority, ICA, London, (2016); ‘Safe’, Home, Manchester, UK (2015); ‘Bain Marie’, Res, Enclave, London, UK (2015); ‘Name It By Trying To Name It’, The Drawing Center, New York (2015); ‘Bottom Natures’, Cafe Gallery Projects, London, UK, (2015); ‘Concerning The Bodyguard’, The Tetley, Leeds, UK (2014).
Beatrice Loft Schulz, Laura Morrison
At Beatrice Loft Schulz’s flat on the Southside, she and Laura Morrison invite the public and special guests to be part of their work in progress – the next episode of their shared podcast series that will loosely explore the theme of shame..
Make a mosaic, read about bonsai, play with plasticine, cook, sew or chat. A special programme of events will include a dinner, a fashion show and dance karaoke.
Some of this will be recorded – at the artists’ and participants’ discretion – while other parts will remain undocumented and private, reflecting Loft Schulz and Morrison’s parallel artistic practice that is perhaps indistinguishable from lived life.
Supported by Glasgow International.
Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Sun, 12noon-5pm