Tesa Morin | Borderlands
January 24 – February 22, 2019
Artist Lecture: Thursday, January 24, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm in Gallery 219, reception following
Public Reception: Saturday, January 26, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tesa Morin is a multidisciplinary visual artist working in photography, painting, and textiles. In her recent series titled Borderlands, Morin explores physical and psychological boundaries through photographs and paintings, “expressing her fascination with liminal experience by testing the boundaries of singularity and space.”
Barriers are ubiquitous in our world. They exist in fences between neighbors, against swaths of land guarded by barbed wire, and in skies blocked by miles of electrical wires. Morin’s work heightens our awareness of these obstructions through her focus on the commonplace. Construction barriers, chain link fences, ornate wrought iron gates, orange hazard barrels, and electrical wires block our physical and psychological experience of the world. Simultaneously, Morin’s subject matter contrasts with her romanticized treatment of surface and color in the work. “Seas clash, storms pour over sun-soaked fields, structures reach up and out, and stars brighten vast stretches of space. The viewer is simultaneously lured into these worlds and barred from the full experience, resulting in tension.”
Morin slows down our perceptions of physical space, making us, the viewer take notice of the spaces on either side of a margin. This work reflects her own life on the borders. She is a vegan Texan, a religious liberal, an attorney’s daughter, and a rational mystic, whose life and work has been about walking the line.
Tesa Morin received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas. Her work has been exhibited in galleries across Texas and at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. She is an Associate Professor teaching History of Photography and Fundamentals of Photography at Collin College in Frisco, Texas.
To see more of Tesa Morin’s work, visit her website at www.TesaMorin.com