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Gradient by Olivia Tripp Morrow
August 15 - September 5FREE
Gradient features DC-based artist Olivia Tripp Morrow’s newest works, which utilize bras, underwear, and pantyhose donated from women as materials that are imbued with untold personal histories. Constructed in gradients across a range of skin-like hues, these works maintain the original intent of form-fitting undergarments (to stretch, to conform, to contain) and allude to the beauty, strength, and multiplicity of women’s bodies and experiences.
Last summer Olivia was selected from over 60 applicants to participate in the IMMERSION residency program. Over the course of eight weeks she created 50 chicken wire sculptures wrapped with clothing and textiles donated by women. Olivia’s newest work is an outgrowth of that series.
Olivia Tripp Morrow studied at Syracuse University, graduating cum laude with a BFA in Sculpture in December of 2012. Morrow’s most recent works are video and sculptural installations inspired by themes of the body and memory, as well as feminism and sexuality. Her materials and their physical properties guide her formal decisions to make site-specific and immersive sculptural installations, which primarily consist of donated women’s clothing and other textiles. Elaborating on the previous personal histories associated with the textiles, her works aim to re-contextualize their sentimentality by deconstructing the fabric in order to create a palette of new material, which is then stretched, wrapped and woven over various armatures. Meticulous by nature, Morrow develops her work with intuitive experimentation; The completed pieces are not predetermined when she begins working, but rather they are the end results of her experimental processes.