Making Art in 2017: Paige Lizbeth Morris on Something Blue
Name: Paige Lizbeth Morris
Show in 2017 Festival: Something Blue
FringeArts: Tell us about your show.
Paige Lizbeth Morris: Something Blue is a body of work that I have been developing since 2013. The concept evolved from my own personal experiences in heteronormative relationships, as well as an assessment of my sisters’ relationships in comparison to my own. I am also inherently curious about the media’s portrayal of women in romantic settings where women are represented as though they are in a constant and endless search for love, and how their obsessive tendencies interfere with their perceived biological aspirations. Through research on the scientific and sociological aspects of human intimacy, I intend to create narratives of love, loss, hope, and regret. My installations utilize the power of objects to activate familiar feelings while raising questions about how we want to be perceived.
FringeArts: How have your interests in or approach to art making changed in the last year?
Paige Lizbeth Morris: I think the biggest obstacle I have to tackle when making is myself and my own critiques of my work. As a method to practice making, I assign myself five-minute sculptures, setting up different parameters that I have to work within, such as a theme or types of materials. Doing this has made me quicker and more confident in making. It has also allowed me to be more welcoming to the idea of listening to my instincts and understanding that sometimes it may make more sense for me to create based off of my emotions instead of my own critical analysis.
FringeArts: Tell us about an instance from 2017 when your interaction with art provided some much needed solace or refuge from outside troubles.
Paige Lizbeth Morris: In June I created a small zine through photo-shopped collage and text derived from a conversation with an ex-boyfriend that I titled, “A Lie Someone Told Me Once”. I only made about ten copies and just handed them out to a few friends, but the act of revisiting the message and then physically sharing a very personal and emotionally trying message with others gave me some form of relief that I was desperately searching for at the time.
Paige Lizbeth Morris
FREE / Gallery Hours
Sept 20, 22 (Opening Reception), 23-24, 27, 30 and Oct 1 @ Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine Street