Nine Patch Series (2018)
Nine Patch is a widening exploration into societal notions of beauty, femininity, sexuality, and the body as landscape. In this exhibition, Morrow juxtaposes self-portraiture and traditional quilt patterns in photographic manifestations. This process compiles thousands of "selfies" taken by the artist, which are digitally assembled into traditional and non-traditional quilting patterns. Constructing and deconstructing these images until they become highly stylized abstractions, the final compositions simultaneously conceal and reveal her own body. The act of crocheting/quilt-making was once a family legacy but has largely dissipated from living memory with the generations past. Morrow (a non-quilter) is reexamining this piece of family history through video, photography and sculptures that utilize found and donated textiles. These personal, collected materials indicate comfort, intimacy, and traditionally domestic spaces, but aim to reach ideas surrounding solitude; or more precisely acts of solitude, such as the labor of quilting/crocheting.
Digital print on paper
Missing Pieces w as the final print in the Nine Patch series. The empty sections of this piece allude to memories or stories which have been erased, censored, corrupted, or that are otherwise missing. Crochet was once a skill used by many of the women in my family, but the practice faded with time and I never had the chance to learn from them. The crocheted blankets used in this series were collected from family members as well as strangers whose mothers and grandmothers made and passed them down without the skills to recreate them.