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Connie Morey, Dysphonia (Mouth Stuffed Full)

Connie Morey, Dysphonia (Mouth Stuffed Full) (2011-12), clay slip, glaze, graphite and fur [Xchanges Gallery, Victoria BC, Feb 1-24]

Connie Morey:
Ba_ble: inarticulations on human-animal relations

Xchanges Gallery
Victoria BC – Feb 1-24, 2013

Connie Morey, Taxonaphonia

Connie Morey, Taxonaphonia (2012-2013), library cabinet, pyrographied letters, faux fur, thread, paper [Xchanges Gallery, Victoria BC, Feb 1-24]

Connie Morey, a PhD student in Education in Art (ABD) and sessional instructor of art at University of Victoria, has participated in exhibitions in Canada, Malaysia and Thailand and is currently presenting her subtle but thought-provoking series addressing the relationship between humans and animals. As an interdisciplinary artist, Morey draws on philosophy, theory and her own studio explorations to develop delicate works in ceramics, made and found sculpture, photography, collage and drawing.

Her studio work serves as a poetic interpretation of her rigorous post-graduate studies, which she describes primarily as an interest in an “ecological sense of imagination.” Ideas of ownership are central to the theme of Ba_ble: inarticulations on human-animal relations, beginning with human ownership of other animals. Even more probing are the questions Morey asks about ownership of intelligence and imagination; qualities closely related to and often evaluated on the basis of communication and culture. This show queries assumptions and behaviours that can develop through a lack of understanding.

Morey's animals include sheep, birds and humans. The tone of the show ranges from the playful to the horrific; there are sweet pastel sheep with speech bubbles overhead and there are human heads with their mouths stuffed full of fur. The relationship between the works is complex, intriguing and highly evocative.

Christine Clark

Connie Morey, Osmophonia (The Porosity of Song)

Connie Morey, Osmophonia (The Porosity of Song) (2012-2013), clay slip, glaze, feathers [Xchanges Gallery, Victoria BC, Feb 1-24]

Connie Morey, Small Bird Trap (Learning to Sing)

Connie Morey, Small Bird Trap (Learning to Sing) (2011-2012), wood, crocheted thread, stain; dimensions variable; collaborative work with Christina and Irvin Morey [Xchanges Gallery, Victoria BC, Feb 1-24]


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