The first intimate potrayal of painter Erin Morrison’s yet early career, this new monograph by the Contemporary Art Digest (the CAD) wanders resolutely into the smoldering spiritscape of the artist’s work to date.
Written and researched the year prior to Morrison's departure from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, Erin Morrison is a glimpse into the sensitive and smart portfolio of a rising contemporary artist on the cusp of a key shift in her life and career. Personal and political shifts catapult her work into increasingly fraught spaces; here, Morrison evokes a spiritscape in which smoking palms and evil eyes act as talismans of the state-sanctioned climate crisis and gendered violence of our era. Snakes slither away out of frame, and obfuscating smoke offers no answer to eyes seeking the divine. Both the being-body and the body seen, her stark vulva reliefs depict hairless, colorless genitals in a vast, empty plane. Artist and CAD contributor Serena Caffrey probes at the questions embedded in the work: precarious reckonings with the (g/)rendering of these sex organs in pornography, the cosmic potentiality of reproductive power, and the deep-seated grief of lost opportunity.