According to Wikipedia, “In the practical arts and the fine arts, bricolage (French for “tinkering”) is the construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of things that happen to be available, or a work created by such a process.” This describes my approach to creating. I draw from and am inspired by the papers and other materials that come into my life and into my studio, and by the stories all around me.
The work represented on this website is mainly wall-hung collages and constructions. Each piece represents a narrative of symbols and patterns personal to me but with universal interpretation.
Many of these pieces use botanical imagery as a symbol of energy. It may be the dormant but expectant energy of the seed and bulb, the incipient energy of the bud, the vibrant energy of the blossom and leaf, or the spent energy of the flower gone by. Some pieces use buildings, tools and everyday objects as symbols for the aspects of construction and growth in our lives. Some pieces use the figure as a container for energy and memory. Some pieces use text, tarot cards, old advertising images and children’s books, and found objects to add layers of meaning to the emotion created by the shapes, color, and patterns.
My pieces are created in paper and other materials but reflect my training in and vocabulary of fiber history and techniques. The sense of the history of the making of a piece is important to me. These pieces share the narrative through layers of information that both conceal and reveal past actions. Like journal pages, they contain memory by chronicling repetitive actions and time passing. As pieced and patched containers, they relate to the imperfectly sheathed and repaired vernacular buildings of New England as well as quilts, boro, and other pieced textiles.
Papers for this work are made or decorated and selected for their color and textural qualities. I use textile techniques such as stitching, piecing and knitting and textile motifs such as florals and stripes as a vocabulary to connect to everyday life. The stitch is a record of the construction of a piece as well as a decorative element or way of making a mark. Patterning is used and images are juxtaposed to create a resonance between the piecing and patching of textiles and the other types of repair in our lives.
Many of the constructions incorporate interior layers and alcoves containing small sculptural forms to deepen the meaning of the work with their symbolic content. Some pieces explore the effects of light through translucent papers and silhouettes and some pieces use mirrors as a way to see further into the piece.
Finally and ultimately, I hope to create objects of beauty that will enhance the viewers’ lives as they connect to the story, the colors, the surfaces and the imagery of each piece.
To see some of my thoughts from 2008/2009, visit my blog http://www.onleeapapermoon.blogspot.com.
To view smaller pieces and studies for sale, visit my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/JenniferLeeMorrow.
Master of Fine Arts, Textile Design, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 1991
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Textile Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 1981
RECENT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
General Manager October 2008 - present
Opera House Arts, Stonington, ME
Business Manager March 1996-October 2008
Elliott Elliott Norelius Architecture, Blue Hill, ME
Director December 2000-March 2004
Seamark Workshops, Deer Isle, ME
RECENT TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Book Arts at the Stone House, University of Southern Maine, Freeport, ME July 2010
Island Workshop Day, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME May 2010
Schoodic Arts for All, Prospect Harbor, ME August 2004, August 2005, August 2006, August 2007
Fiber College, Searsport, ME September 2006
Summer Session, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME June 2006
Mentorship Program, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME 1999-2011
Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ July 1999, July 2001, June 2003, June 2005
IS183: Art School of the Berkshires, Stockbridge, MA June 2004, June 2005
Mendocino Arts Center, Mendocino, CA October 2004
The Last Picture Show, Isalos Fine Art, Stonington, ME November 2014
ArtBox, Blue Hill Peninsula Microgallery, Blue Hill, ME ongoing
Fun-A-Day, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Gallery, Deer Isle, ME February 2013
Red, Isalos Fine Art, Stonington, ME February 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Altering Matters, Atrium Art Gallery, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston/Auburn, ME
Selected Work, First Congregational Church, Blue Hill, ME January 2010
Selected Work, Blue Hill Food Co-op, Blue Hill, ME October 2009
Stories, Isalos Fine Art, Stonington, ME August 2008
Down East/Down South, Dowstudio, Deer Isle, ME August 2007
Ames Pond, Isalos Fine Art, Stonington, ME July 2007
The Cup Show, Dowstudio, Deer Isle, ME June 2007
Climbing Out of the Garden, Hammond Hall, Winter Harbor, ME June 2007
Fiberart International 2007, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA April-August 2007
Color On and Off the Wall, Dowstudio, Deer Isle, ME August 2006
Black and White, Isalos Fine Art, Stonington, ME July 2006
Materials: Hard & Soft, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX January-March 2006
Holiday Small Works, Isalos Fine Art, Stonington, ME November-December 2005
Botanical Energies, Stadler Gallery, Kingsfield, ME September/October 2005
Night: Dawn to Dusk, Isalos Fine Art, Stonington, ME July 2005
Botanical Energies, Maine Fiberarts, Topsham, ME June/July 2005
Home Again - University of Kansas Textiles: Past and Present, Farm Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Constants & Variables, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO June 2005
The Chi Of Ancestry, Galerie Luna, Salem, MA, invitational Autumn 2004
A Common Thread: Innovative Textile Art of Maine, Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, ME Autumn 2004
Upper Coast: Mt. Desert Island to Belfast, Arts in the Capitol, Augusta, ME Autumn 2004
Inspired Hand II, Atrium Art Gallery, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston, ME Autumn 2004
Paper Into Art, Reed Art Gallery, Presque Isle, ME Summer 2004
Fiber As Sculpture, Hay Gallery, Portland, ME May 2004
Contemporary Maine Fiber Art, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME April 2004
Fiber Directions 2003, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS March/April 2003
Maurer-Mathison, Diane, Paper in Three Dimensions, Watson Guptil Publications, 2006
Fiberarts Design Book 7, Lark Books, 2004
Patterson, Sunita, The Studio Sanctuary & Sampling, FiberArts Magazine, November/December 2002
Hiebert, Helen, Paper Illuminated, Storey Communications, 2001
Hall, Mary Anne, Paper House, Rockport Publishers, 2001
Morrow, Jennifer "A Master's Thesis" Surface Design Journal 17.1:22-23&36
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