Deedee Morrison's sculpture, May Charms was installed in July for the Midwest Sculpture Initiative Exhibition. The sculpture is dramatically placed in Canton main shopping district, an area that receives heavy pedestrian traffic, allowing viewers to interact and engage with the sculpture. In works such as May Charms, a sculpture with a strong angular shape and intricately cutout overlays, it is easy to define the theme of Morrison?s work – contrasts. Speaking to the dualities of mechanical and organic, masculine and feminine, light and dark, strength and weakness, this particular artwork gives a sensation of diverging ideas bound by dissimilarity – an idea rampant in many of Morrisons sculptures.
With every sculpture, the artist begins with heavy industrial metal and utilizes a recent development in the metal industry - laser cutting - to introduce light and and a sense weightlessness into the piece. Working from her studio on-site at the Wade Sand and Gravel quarry in the industrial district or Birmingham, Alabama, Morrison is obviously inspired by her surroundings to create large objects fit for harsh environments. Yet a desire to convey seemingly impossible contrasts gives a soft touch to the work as feminine lace-like patterns are ubiquitously repeated in much of her recent art. The luminary glow peeking out through these cutouts adds another layer of interest, purposefully inviting viewers to witness the sculpture both in day and night.
Deedee Morrison is an artist specializing in large public works made of aluminum, steel, limestone, lucite, and LED and solar light. Her sculptures have been exhibited and installed in permanent displays nationwide. Over the years, Morrison has expanded her spatial scope and currently focuses on large- scale work - including site- specific sculpture created for architectual, urban or landscape settings. Every sculpture the artist creates is designed for strength as well as beauty; made from industrial grade metals, and constructed to withstand inclement weather and real world conditions.
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