Once When I Was You Opening Reception
03 | 08 @ 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Join us for the opening reception of Once When I Was You to celebrate the participating artists. Featuring a robust bar menu as well as complimentary house wine or beer.
Ann Morgan, a past web designer turned professional Oil Painter, continues her exploration of digital media and creating innovative landscapes in oil, while Elizabeth Morissette invites the viewer to remember a time, place, or person they once knew through her sculptures. Although the objects and landscapes that these two artists use are common, often the feelings that are invoked by their work are as varied as the individuals who view them.
Ann Morgan’s work appears to be inspired by nature – and it is, but the absence of nature. What you might imagine nature to be if you’ve never experienced it, or a natural world that doesn’t exist anymore. Perhaps an AI-generated replacement nature: Off. Weird. Digital. Neon. Pieces are copied and pasted again and again. Like we’re in a simulation (who can prove that we aren’t?) and nothing is real. Nothing does seem real after the past couple years. Decades? No one knows what time or space is anymore, including Morgan. Ann paints unreal virtual worlds at scale to take up real space, to prove her existence, and to create joy.
An important aspect of Elizabeth’s work is the use of recycled or repurposed materials. Morisette likes to use materials with a history. This history often draws viewers in to experience these often common objects in a new manner. By giving the pieces catchy, nostalgic names, she invites the viewer to remember a time, place, or person that they once knew. Though the objects are common, often the memories invoked by the work are as varied as the individuals who view them.