Frozen Animation and Multiple Meanings: The Art of Hannah Morris

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Hannah Morris' art uses vintage magazine imagery, paint layers, and intuitive underpainting to explore ambiguity vs. specificity. Her surreal landscapes with vivid colors and distorted perspectives reflect on defining identity and multiple meanings.

Hannah Morris

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The Fulfillment Center, 2022. Flashe, gouache and paper collage on panel, 36 x 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 cm)

Hannah Morris

My work is a continuous exploration of the contrast between ambiguity and specificity.

The space between the two creates a stage for new visual narratives. 

Applying layers of paint over an initial collage, I cover, expose, and refashion to tell new stories. 

I use found imagery to ground myself in a moment in time, and from there, I develop a new narrative by combining old imagery with new. 

Using a visual language based on colors, tones, marks, and details, I create believable yet implausible scenes. 

The underlying restlessness and vulnerability of the people in these scenes is a reflection of a struggle to define ourselves. 

I am drawn to studying identity as shaped by history, race, and gender, and by the actions in our daily lives.

What we brush up against every day and how we react creates the space for multiple identities and countless narrative possibilities.

I think of my work as a quilt of patched together bits and pieces and as a paused scene in an improbable yet persuasive animation. 

I want to trigger viewers’ memories but also encourage them to consider new narratives with multiple meanings. 

My work reflects upon how we work hard to define ourselves and our lives yet inherently dwell in ambivalence despite our best efforts. 

Images and text courtesy the artist.

Read the full interview with Hannah Morris and Munchies Art Club Magazine now

Images on view in gallery in order of appearance: 

  1. Bird Club, 2021, Flashe and paper collage on panel, 24 x 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)
  2. Summer Camp, 2023. Flashe and paper collage on panel, 24 x 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)

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