In a step towards challenging the gender imbalance of the art world, artist and writer, Damaris Athene interviews Suzi Morris in her studio. In this conversation Morris discloses why her paintings insist on the contrast of sharpness of line set against blur, and how through delving more deeply into her painting, she discovered how the phenomenological experience of living with keratitis ignited an investigation into her practice into what cannot be seen with the naked human eye and what requires imaginary processes to make the invisible visible.
Morris reveals how a combination of history, theoretical concerns, collaborations with scientists and doctors, together with an exploration of the properties of oil paint has had a profound affect on her imagination. On reflection, these experiences seem to have fused together in forming decisions in her painting. Responding to the science of our time, art writer Cherry Smyth describes Morris’ paintings as taking us into ‘a far more than her’, an immensely rich seam of knowledge at a new turning-point in medical science which is rarely represented in visual art.
Read the full interview here