Artist: Annie Morris
Title: Stack 10, Copper Blue, 2018
Dimension: H. 266 cm. (including base) W. Variable. Base 30x20x40 cm
Technique: Mix: Foam core, pigment, concrete, metal, plaster and sand.
About the Artist
She attended Central Saint Martin’s and studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, under the tutelage of sculptor Giuseppe Penone, then The Slade School of Fine Art, graduating from Camberwell College of Arts.She works from a studio in Stoke Newington .
Morris’ ‘Stack’ sculptures shaped from plaster, sand, and painted with raw pigment, resemble a three-dimensional artist’s palate, originally inspired by the 1988 painting- Bed with Colour by Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies.The dry, freshly painted feel of the stack’s form, is Morris’ metaphor to childbirth and fragility. She is also known for her drawings and collaborated with Sophie Dahl’s first book The Man with the Dancing Eyes, 2003, published by Bloomsbury.[
In 2006 Morris was commissioned by Christopher Bailey, director of fashion label Burberry, to make a dress made out of her painted clothes pegs. Morris was commissioned by American architect Peter Marino to create a work for Louis Vuitton’s flagship store opened in October 2017 at Place Vendôme, Paris. (Taken from Wikipedia).
2017 Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, Annie Morris: Cobalt Blue
2015 Project B, Milan, Annie Morris | Ascension
2015 Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, Annie Morris: Stacked
2015 LAMB Arts, London, Repeat After Me
2015 Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, Topping Rose House
What Stack 10 is saying?
When I saw this sculpture I really enjoyed the visual pleasure it gave me, the joyful character of it, the lovely proportions and careful positioning of the rough spheres in relation with each other, the base and its general dimensions.
As a tridimensional object it follows the premise of it being a sculpture, around which you need to move in order to apprehend its full being, the details and its gravitas, its “weight”.
What increases my curiosity about “Stack 10” is how it moves from being a sculpture to being a painting. The reason what determines one or another will depend, as far as I feel it, on the circumstances and expectations of the viewer.
It is not easy to be “colorful” and retain that formality that suggests the presence of deeper thoughts behind the art work created.
Like a very accomplished acrobat on a rope I think this piece achieves exactly that, it follows comfortably a path where it can be whatever the viewer want it to be, with seriousness and commitment.
In what Room to place it?
I imagine this piece being in a hallway greeting you every time you arrive home giving you that unconditional happiness. Just your dog can achieve that.
It would work in a living room or study too but I think it will require a very careful setting so it doesn’t get lost with the presence of other items or colors.
This sculpture should be in a niche, a space where it can breathe and be bathed by a light warm light that enhances those colors.
The base for me it is a very important part of the piece so you do not need to add another one to the object.