Beverly Morrison Text

Beverly Morrison

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Beverly became enamored with the process of creating at a very young age.  

Growing up with an artistic mother and a supportive, analytical father; it was an atmosphere where passion met practicality.

The world was made a fantastic place by observing its interconnectivity through nature and how we were a part of this vast scheme of intrinsically linked parts.

Nature was a near religion for her family, and Beverly’s mother was the priestess. Whether they were gardening, camping, relaxing at the beach, her mom made sure they stopped to appreciate their surroundings. Mother Nature contained endless wisdom, to be held in reverence. Powerful laws and unstoppable forces; the cycle of birth, flourishing and death; the expression of a life and its singular message…all the answers could be found there.

After achieving her A.A and B.A in Studio Arts, she left for a year abroad in Florence, Italy to study at the Accademia di Belli Arti, founded by Michelangelo. She found a wealth of inspiration in the works of masters like Henry Moore, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and Auguste Rodin. She worked with many different media, trying things on, looking for a fit. She found certain places of creative bedrock: she loved working with her hands, being physical with her art, pouring her body into bringing forth another body that would express for her what words could not. She also discovered that process was key, was the most important part of helping a piece of art find its true expression. She found herself concentrating more and more in sculpture and ceramics and working exclusively in clay since it is, to her, the “flesh of the earth.”

The rest came together with her study of the human figure: the curves and power of the female form spoke to her, and for her. Over the confidence and serene beauty of the female form, she layers textures and color pulled from nature. She revels in the tension, wanting to bring that conflict to light. It is not enough for her to express her own state – her goal is to draw the viewer into the push/pull dialogue between figure and surface, arousing them on an emotional level. Hers is not an art of cool, sterile ideas—it is a constantly moving tableau of emotion.