Arlington Arts Center Presents Olivia Tripp Morrow Body, Joy, Cage, Scar

By Editorial Team on October 4, 2021

Wed, 29 September 2021 - Sat, 18 December 2021

Olivia Tripp Morrow, a dream only my body remembers, 2021.
On View: September 29 – December 18

The exhibition will be accompanied by two in-person artist talks, taking place October 16 and November 6 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. The talks are free but registration is required:

Olivia Tripp Morrow: Body, Joy, Cage, Scar
On view through Dec. 18 in Arlington Arts Center’s Wyatt Resident Artists Gallery, Body, Joy, Cage, Scar features new work by AAC resident artist Olivia Tripp Morrow. The artist’s drawings, embroidery, and video explore the human body as a tool, a worksite, and a raw material. In January of 2020, the artist underwent surgical augmentation to halt a progressive spine disorder.
Morrow’s recent work explores her experience of surgery and recovery, as well as the abilities and limitations of her “new” body, while also speaking to broader human experiences of pain, resilience, strength, and vulnerability.

Working across media, Morrow approaches the material nature of the body from multiple perspectives. In detailed and labor-intensive embroideries, the stitches and fibers of her pieces contribute a visceral physical experience to both representational and abstract depictions of the body. Elements of embroidery also appear in Morrow’s drawings, which combine tracings of the shadows cast by soft body tissue with drawings of the artist’s presurgery X-rays. Their scale is larger than life, rejecting the impulse to hide the body’s flaws, and instead, consider simultaneously its vulnerabilities and capacity for resilience.

The presence of skeletal forms reappears in a looped video piece documenting a durational performance. In the performance, Morrow is surrounded by small porcelain sculptures, which she attempts to stack into a single tower. Invariably, the towers eventually collapse with a startling sound that breaks the silence of her concentration. After each collapse Morrow begins the process again, exercising persistence in the face of repeated failure and, perhaps, futility.

Olivia Tripp Morrow received her BFA in Sculpture at Syracuse University in 2012. She has exhibited her work in group exhibitions nationally and internationally, and in solo exhibitions in Washington, D.C. and Syracuse, NY. Morrow has installations on permanent loan at the National Institute of Health in North Bethesda, MD, and at the Arlington Arts Center, where she is currently a resident artist.


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Arlington Arts Center is located at 3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA.