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Eye on Artists

Editor’s note: Photographer Lorraine Morrison is the Artist’s Mercantile November featured artist for the month. A reception takes place from 6-8 p.m. today at 720 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs. Her prints are on display with other Sopris Avenue artists Shannon Muse, Frank Norwood, Jennifer Perez, and Barry Sheehan at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities gallery. Morrison’s mixed media work is exhibited at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts gallery.

City: CarbondaleOccupation: Artist/writer/ mom

Background: Former writer and editor, also jewelry and interior designInspiration: Whatever is provoking my dreams and thoughts – right now it’s concepts of safety and how skilled we attempt to be at scooting around our mortality in this country. I’m also fascinated with the microcosms we create and how we behave in them – how our perceptions shift just enough in certain environments to let more in, or out.Favorite subjects, and why? Writing and photography – both at their best elevate the human experience.Most memorable exhibit: Seeing Isca Greenfield-Sanders and Todd Hido at the Baldwin Gallery in Aspen.



Family information: A son in film school and a son at Carbondale Community School – both are brilliant and amazingly talented, and all-around good boys. My husband manages Big John’s (also brilliant and very attractive). And oh yes, please shop local!Which three artists, living or dead, would you like to spend a weekend working with? Todd Hido for his photography, Kiki Smith for her consummate prints, and my oldest son because he has that eye, whatever it is sharp, young, alert …Were you in high school art club? You bet. I also read and wrote incessantly, and made elaborate paper dolls. I think I was very much in my own little world.

If you could only have one piece of art hanging in your living room, what would it be? I have just one piece of art in my living room, and it’s by an artist named Ian Ratowsky, and I love how wild it is, but if I’m choosing something new, I choose any of Ross Bleckner’s early work in response to the AIDS crisis. His pieces are very organic and evocative, beautiful but unsettling.Do you ever photograph people? If yes, who has been your favorite subject? Presently, my favorite subject is the absence of a person or people. Recent absence. From a chair, a room, the spaces we inhabit, and that we fill with reflections of ourselves. Absence can tell the story too.



Color: It shifts from saturated blues to orange/reds.Medium: PhotographyPlace in Garfield County to photograph: Lately, motels and hotels at nightFood: Right now I’m thinking about the new Cuban restaurant’s coconut mojitos! Book: Most recent favorites, “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini and “On Beauty,” Zadie SmithFlower: White tulipsPoet/Poem: Anything from “The October Palace: Poems by Jane Hirshfield”Movie: Recent favorites – “The Station Agent” and “The Anniversary Party”Show tune: “The Donnie Darko” soundtrack


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