Pard Morrison

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

I am interested in exploring the intersection between two-dimensional pictorial illusion and sculpture.

To create one of my works, I weld sheets of aluminum into box-like forms. That is to say, unglazed, they appear first and foremost as solid and dimensional. Each color is individually hand brushed pigment. Then I fire the pigment in an oven, a process similar to glazing ceramics. Each color must be fired separately in order not to contaminate its neighboring color.

Upon first interaction, my work primarily reads as artificially fabricated, but upon further investigation, the visual strength of its own “objectness” is compromised by specific human mark making. This visual language of specific geometric mark making simultaneously establishes compositional form and, at the same time, visually destroys the specific object that it is applied upon.

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