Roles in Archive: Artist
b. 1968 Brunswick, Georgia/Lives and works in Los Angeles, California
Working with unfired clay, Kristen Morgin can, as if by magic, create facsimiles of objects found in both nature and culture. Whether they are teacups or carousel horses, her works have the patina of great age and are fractured into many pieces. As a result, each work simultaneously memorializes and destroys on impact the object it portrays. Her decayed life-sized objects are realistic in scale and shape, yet they are abstracted through the process of their degradation. Morgin received a BA from California State University, Hayward; an MFA from the Alfred University School of Ceramics in Alfred, New York; and was the Summer Visiting Artist at California State University, Long Beach. She has had solo shows at Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles (2006) and Viento y Agua Gallery, Long Beach (2004). Selected group exhibitions includeTrans-Ceramic Art 3rd World Ceramic Biennale, Icheon, Korea, 2005; Thing: New Sculpture from Los Angeles Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2005); andBecause the Earth Is 1/3 Dirt Art Museum of the University of Colorado, Boulder (2004).