The Holy and Obscene: Artwork by Morgan Wilson
Saturday, Aug. 31st | 8:00PM
@ The Falcon Bar & Gallery
Morgan Wilson has been active in the arts for so long that she can’t even recall her first art lessons but legend tells of a toddler whose earnest fascination with architecture & anatomy marked her as a natural talent. The history of her early artistic development—as transcribed by the elders tells of a leap from crayon scribbles directly into realism, bypassing gangly stick figures to begin her work in carefully rendering the world around. Her early advancement in the arts lead to a young life buzzing with creative opportunities: Private lessons, group lessons, and juried art shows colored her world—a world ever expanding through regular visits to fine art museums and science camps, eventually leading to a European tour that solidified a tangible lust for the transcendent language of Art in human history.
“The thing I remember most vividly from my early Art lessons—perhaps due to the shared embarrassment of the class—is the lurid emotions and themes obsessively worked by expert hands during the Renaissance. Concepts from mythology like infidelity, rape, and murder were handled as sublimely as a portrait of the virgin Mary. Many generations were given the permission and duty to ponder heavy implications of every virtue and vice, thanks to the delicate and faithful work of the old Masters. In fact, I feel there is a perverse satisfaction in commanding your audience to appreciate the skillful strokes used to portray an uncomfortable subject matter. My work is meant to create a meeting place for the elevated and degraded, the holy and obscene. My most recognizable theme, through all mediums, is a pervasive sexuality. At times subtle and sensual, there is always a lurking secret begging to be discovered by my viewers, the incidental voyeurs. Peering into a world meant to mirror every dark velvety desire, even those unrealized or unimagined, I aim to remind the viewer that desire and despair are not deep-buried things: they exist in every detail of who we are. In a way, the things we love and fear are what make us more than simply human.”