Submission
Morgan Rose Free

In Memory of Nothing Yet

A solo exhibition of new works by Morgan Rose Free


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The Summer is Ending, 2021, acrylic yarn, acrylic paint, magic sculpt on plywood, chain, hinges, found objects, ceramics, candle
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The Summer is Ending, detail
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Grappling with a Luminous Doom, 2022, wood, foam, plastic, acrylic yarn, magic sculpt, plaster, rope, paper mache clay, spray paint, ceramic, ceramics, candle
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Grappling with a Luminous Doom alternate view
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Mistaking a Mirror for a Window #2, 2022, foam, plastic, acrylic yarn, magic sculpt on plywood, paper mache clay, spray paint, found objects, glass from Lake Erie
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Mistaking a Mirror for a Window #2 detail
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Mistaking a Mirror for a Window #2 detail
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Managed Retreat, 2022, foam, wood, TV trays, acrylic yarn, magic sculpt on plywood, rope, paper mache clay, spray paint, ceramics, fresh flowers
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Managed Retreat detail
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Managed Retreat ceramic spider detail
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In Memory Of Nothing Yet, 2022, foam, wood, acrylic yarn, magic sculpt, rope, paper mache clay, spray paint, ceramics, candles, tissue box
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In Memory Of Nothing Yet detail
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Mistaking a Mirror for a Window #1, 2022, foam, plastic, acrylic yarn, magic sculpt, rope, paper mache clay, spray paint, found objects, glass from Lake Erie
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Mistaking a Mirror for a Window #1 detail
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In Memory Of Nothing Yet is both the funeral and the after party, where moments of mourning mingle with a celebration of life. An amalgamation of the artist’s own romanticization of the natural world and her ever-present climate anxiety, each work holds up a mirror to the transitional moment in which we live, caught between the nostalgia of what was and a seemingly bleak future. Dead spiders become flower vases and candelabras, ceramic shrines to a disappearing population of creepy crawly things we need to learn to love. Inlaid woven portals provide a means of escape or a glimmer of hope; depicting idyllic landscapes that are just out of reach. These portals take on a pixelated, screen-like quality, while the slow and laborious process of hand weaving directly contradicts the instant gratification of the internet age. Meanwhile, their surrounding frames and sculptures mimic stone monuments or mausoleums masquerading as furniture, and consumer goods are sprinkled throughout, taking on new narratives as they contrast these handmade facsimiles. The resulting installation both indulges in and criticizes the absurdities of contemporary creature comforts and our inane social and economic systems. Through an ultimate desire to continuously review and confront our world in all its beauty and imperfections, In Memory Of Nothing Yet invites us to embrace our fraught relationship with the earth, and raise a glass.