Olivia Tripp Morrow (b.1990) received her BFA at Syracuse University, graduating cum laude with Sculpture in 2012. Her recent works are fiber-based sculptural installations that broadly address themes of the body, sexuality, and 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. More recently, Morrow has begun working with mass-produced blankets that are custom-printed with her own intimate photo-collages, found and recycled building materials such as wood and steel, and disposable body embellishments like fake rhinestones, fake eyelashes, and other products originally intended to make female 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.
Morrow has exhibited her work in group exhibitions nationally and internationally, and in solo exhibitions in Washington, DC and Syracuse, NY. Morrow has installations on permanent loan at the National Institute of Health in North Bethesda, MD, and at the Arlington Art Center in Arlington, VA, where she is a current Resident Artist.