Julia Morison

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1952

Some thing, for example

  • Gift of Chartwell Trust, 2011
  • Metal cage and stand, melted shopping bags, glass, rubber
  • 1420 x 620 x 370mm
  • 2011/272
  • 2011

Julia Morison’s 'Some thing, for example' is like a broken life-support system for the waiting, blob-like entity which, although securely caged, seems more traumatised than dangerous, and without anybody to administer aid.

Like all who experienced the 2010–11 earthquakes in Canterbury, Morison, living near the edge of Christchurch’s cordoned ‘red zone’, was delivered a frequent heightened dose of adrenaline. With this, she encountered new aesthetic possibilities in found, discarded objects; sculptural media of a kind that the physical environment had never previously supplied. From a situation of dislocation and abandonment, she has created work of an unexpected material and formal beauty. (Above ground, 2015)