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Margaret Morrison’s “Paradigm Shift” Is on View on the Lyndon Home Arts Middle


Woodward Gallery is proud to announce Margaret Morrison’s new solo exhibition, Paradigm Shift, on view on the Lyndon Home Arts Middle in Athens, Georgia, via September 1. On this narrative collection of 10 giant oil work, the artist goals to analyze Caravaggio’s use of theatrical mild by depicting levels of faith-based, non secular enlightenment, from awakening to transcendence. She has been represented by Woodward Gallery since 1995.

In 2017, Professor Margaret Morrison proposed a College Analysis Grant to the College of Georgia’s (UGA) Willson Middle for the challenge “Modern Examination of Caravaggio’s Dramatic Staging and Lighting – A Collaboration between Portray and Theatre.” She labored with Professor Anthony Marotta of the UGA Division of Theatre and Movie Research to discover numerous strategies of stage choreography for the aim of photographing and accumulating reference photos. She created a script for UGA theater college students that resulted in a stage efficiency directed by Marotta and documented by photographer Gabrielle Rosenthal. The collaboration offered Morrison with reference materials for Paradigm Shift, via which she displays on enlightenment and her private experiences with religion and spirituality.

“As a fifth-generation Mormon,” Morrison remembers, “I grew up on faith-promoting tales of my ancestors who left all the pieces behind to construct a brand new Zion within the wilderness of the American West. This devoted narrative of Mormonism’s founding was unblemished, spiritually uplifting, and actually part of my DNA. If any side of our historical past or apply gave me consternation, I positioned it on my metaphorical shelf to be handled later.”

Margaret Morrison, “Developing the Fantasy” (2022), oil on canvas, 60 x 72 inches, signed decrease proper

“Within the early 2000s,” says Morrison, “An unlimited treasure trove of historic paperwork, letters,  and journals from Mormon historical past flooded the web. The Church may now not be the gatekeeper, withholding the unsavory and salacious moments in its historical past. As I voraciously learn all the pieces that I may get my arms on, it grew to become obvious that the tidy ‘devoted narrative’ that I had been raised to imagine in didn’t exist… I used to be plunged into essentially the most painful expertise of my life and it was exhausting bodily, emotionally, and spiritually.

“Slowly, very slowly, I started to drag away from my anger and disillusionment to make room for a brand new paradigm… I turned inward and rekindled a deeper, extra private spirituality. I sifted via the ruins of my religion custom and located the items that resonated with me. As I rebuilt, I started to expertise deeper non secular connections, a real sense of transcendence in my seek for the Divine.

“My Paradigm Shift collection springs from the devastating sense of loss I felt when my perception within the ‘faith-promoting’ historical past of Mormonism imploded, forcing me to construct a brand new, and infinitely deeper non secular basis. The narrative in every portray traces the arc of my  journey from naïve believer, passing via cataclysmic destruction and horrible disappointment, lastly arriving on the reclamation of my internal peace and a better connection to God.”

Margaret Morrison’s Paradigm Shift on the Lyndon Home Arts Middle in Athens, Georgia, is free and open to the general public via September 1. A particular Artist Occasion will probably be held on August 24, at 6pm.

For extra data, go to woodwardgallery.web.

Margaret Morrison, “East of Eden” (2023), oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches, signed decrease left
Margaret Morrison, “Limbo” (2022), oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches, signed decrease left
Margaret Morrison, “Followers” (2022), oil on canvas, 60 x 72 inches, signed decrease proper


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