Sir You Will Doubtless Be Astonished (2015)
Plasticine, wax, ink, chalk pastel, graphite, mdf, steel, 12 x 8 ft
Laura Morrison (UK, FIN) graduated from the MFA at Goldsmiths in 2012 and is currently based in London. Recent projects include Bottom Natures at Cafe Gallery Projects, London; The Conch at The South London Gallery; Vivian, Cape Town at CANAL/Furnished Space, London and How To Read World Literature at The Public School, New York. In 2014 she organised Concerning The Bodyguard, a large-scale exhibition and events programme at The Tetley, Leeds. Forthcoming exhibitions in 2015 include Open Sessions at The Drawing Center, New York; BeingRes at Enclave, London and Safe at HOME in Manchester.
Morrison’s work in writing and material gesture examines the awkward clashes between what it means to be vulnerable and what it means to be accountable. Drawn from personal and professional networks – the stories and subjects that emerge from the work often involve real-life, gendered power struggles. For Magnetism, Morrison has been commissioned to develop a new series of large-scale wax relief paintings. Six huge panels function as oversize head-shots or calling cards of local trees – activating an absurd pull between melancholy landscape painting and the inherent camp of self promotion.