TRAJECTORY ART OF JENNIFER MORRISON
Written by: Elizabeth Kunene
The KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA) was proud to showcase the fine artistic side of Jennifer Morrison yesterday.
Morrison presented her solo exhibition that focused on colour, uses of elements to explore juxtaposition, repetition, movement and rhythm. As a South African-born British-based artist, Morrison never forgot her roots.
“Although I have lived in London for the past two decades, the colours of South Africa never left me, it remains a central influence in my work,” said Morrison.
Born in Durban in 1971, Morrison studied arts at Natal Technikon and later at the University of South Africa but soon left to pursue her studies in London where she studied Arts and Design at the Chelsea College and finally graduated in Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts and Design.
Morrison added that whether it is a plant or cloud or smudge on a wall, these can all serve as inspiration for her and starting points for a painting.
Wesel Hlongwane, a board member of the KZNSA, said that he was excited to have such a bold and colourful yet fun show at the gallery since they have not had a show that was as colourful and vivid with maturity.
There is no doubt the work of Morrison reflects on aesthetical legacy of modernism but yet resist the metaphorical aspirations found in many artists of the era.
“Painting is an individual language that precedes the single painter,” said Morrison. “It is impossible not to find yourself in historically over-determined terrain but painting can be reformed again and again.”
Morrison’s work will be on show until 02 July 2017 at the KZNSA gallery between Tuesdays and Fridays.
Pictured: Jennifer Morrison seated next to her artwork at the KZN Art Gallery.