Thomas Morphis

Photo of artwork

Fragments and Layers

An exhibition of painting

  • October 16 - November 14, 2008
  • Reception, October 16 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Artist talk at 7:00 p.m.

The over-riding theme of this exhibition is struggle. Although there are visual details which suggest particular experiences, these paintings address the issue of struggle in broad universal terms. The suggestion is through a poetic combination of text and images, which leaves room for individual response or interpretation. Also, struggle is not necessarily negative; struggle can be seen as a process, a means of growth, understanding and change. The overall mood of this series, then, is positive and hopeful. Additional themes which can be seen in these pieces have to do with obscurity, clarity, discovery, transparency and complexity. These paintings are mixed media works. Materials typically include watercolor, acrylic, collage, found objects, pencil, ink, china marker, and pastel, A unique surface is created by layering found objects, collage, painting and drawing within layers of clear resin, which gives the work a palpable 3-dimensionality as you can see into and through the surface. Finally, the title of each painting is taken from an evocative phrase clipped from a newspaper and collaged into the painting.