Olivia Tripp Morrow (b.1990) received her BFA at Syracuse University, graduating cum laude with Sculpture in 2012. Her works span many mediums, most recently embroidery, drawing, video, performance, and fiber-based sculptural installations. Her work broadly address themes of the body, sexuality, gender, and cycles of consumption and waste in the beauty industry.
Morrow's work often utilizes found and donated textiles as material, which are imbued with social and cultural values as well as personal histories. In recent years, Morrow began working with mass-produced blankets, custom-printed with intimate photo-collages that simultaneously conceal and reveal her body. The blankets are then embellished with disposable body embellishments like fake rhinestones and eyelashes, and other products intended to make bodies appear more conventionally “feminine”. This work aims to critique the absurd and highly exclusive notions of what defines beauty and gender in the US, where these deeply ingrained cultural standards are heavily propagated by digital media and advertising industries.