As a printmaker for more than 30 years, Morrison created etchings, monoprints and monotypes. Her subjects ranged from landscapes & seascapes, to still life, to the whimsical. She was not bound by the “rules” of printmaking and would often take her pieces one step further creating an impression unexpected by printmaking.
Morrison loved the freedom of the monotype. It allowed her pieces to grow within, taking on a life of their own, subtly directed by her artist’s eye. They often would evoke the power and serenity of nature. They represent the energy and fury of the water juxtaposed with the tranquility of the sun; the struggle of the land with the sea; the relentless conflict between the universe and all it’s inhabitants. She once said that she was “compelled to create seascapes” feeling that the energy, motion, waves, and quality of light were her greatest inspiration.
Morrison’s etchings, by nature, are contradictory to her monotypes. The process itself requires methodical planning & execution and her subjects may appear much more tight. Many of her etchings depict scenes or places that are somewhat ordinary but she would present them in such a way that the viewers would find themselves drawn into the piece, wanting to take up residence.
As a master of both etchings and monotypes Morrison would take on grand ideas and translate them with a wink and a smile, never taking herself too seriously and often allowing her sense of humor and free spiritedness come through.
Mary Morrison (1936 – 2011) was a long time resident of Northern Virginia and Alexandria.
Printmakers Inc. – Studio 235
Torpedo Factory Art Center:
Mary Morrison – A Retrospective
August 1 – August 31, 2012
Reception: August 5, 2012 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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