Kristin Morris

Photo credit: Caroline Kraus
Photo credit: Caroline Kraus

Silverfish

ceramic, pop tabs, acrylic, metal knob, apoxie sculpt

10″ x 12″ x 3″

 

Sawfish

ceramic, acrylic, copper enamel eye, saw blade

8″ x 21″ x 2″

 

Anglerfish

ceramic, apoxie sculpt, acrylic, pottery cones, metal

10″ x 11″ x 5″

 

Elephantnose Fish

ceramic, acrylic, metal parts, apoxie sculpt

7″ x 23″ x 3″

 

Porcupinefish

ceramic, acrylic, apoxie sculpt, nails, copper enamel eye

8″ x 13″ x 9″

 

Trumpetfish

ceramic, acrylic, copper enamel eye, trumpet, apoxie sculpt

10″ x 22″ x 4″

 

Dogfish

ceramic, dog tags, watch band, acrylics

7″ x 17″ x 4″

 

Catfish

ceramic, acrylic, apoxie sculpt, eyes, found object collar

6″ x 18″ x 3″

 

Clownfish

ceramic, acrylic, apoxie sculpt, clown parts

6″ x 13″ x 3″

 


 

Bio

I was born in Springfield, Ohio to a mother who is a potter and a geologist father. I have always loved art and have been making things out of clay my whole life. In 1993 I graduated from The College Of Wooster as a Studio Art major and later attended the Columbus College Of Art and Design. I received an MSW from The Ohio State University in 2003. Throughout my career I have had jobs sculpting and painting for haunted houses, making characters for amusement rides, and constructing and repairing costumes for a costume shop. In addition I have worked at a children’s home, a behavioral health center, and currently volunteer at an arts workshop for adults with developmental disabilities. Presently I enjoy taking classes at the Cultural Arts Center in addition to selling my work at art shows, shops and galleries.

 


 

Statement

I have always been drawn to fish and marine life, as I grew up spending part of every other summer in the Bahamas while my dad taught a Geology/Marine Biology course on the small island of San Salvador. I love snorkeling and scuba diving and seeing all of the bright colors and various species of fish swimming around the reefs. These are some of my best childhood memories. I chose fish for the “Remnants” project because it was such a broad topic and I thought I could really embellish the fish with many found objects that would lend themselves to this subject. I make a lot of “found object” sculptures in my own work because I like bringing together disparate elements and creating a unified whole. My favorite shopping place is Goodwill. In fact I even have pieces at the new Goodwill Store Art Gallery in Hilliard featuring artwork created from Goodwill purchases.

I took a ceramics workshop at the CAC last summer and totally fell in love with ceramics, so I knew that I somehow wanted to incorporate ceramics in my pieces. I constructed the fish out of stoneware clay and after firing, painted the pieces with acrylics. Afterwards, I started adding found objects with the help of Apoxie Sculpt, a self-hardening, clay-like material. The names of the fish speak for themselves – “Trumpetfish” playing a found metal trumpet, “Sawfish” with a saw blade jutting from the mouth, “Porcupinefish” with metal nails as quills, etc. The “Silverfish” is a play on words because it is a bug, as well as the name of my fish with silver soda tabs embedded in it. A few of the fish, such as the “Catfish”, “Dogfish” and “Clownfish” are actual fish with a new twist in that I made them look part cat, dog, and clown respectively. I really loved this project combining my love of up-cycling, found objects, “junk” and flea market finds to create my pieces!