Annie Morris (b.1978, London, UK, lives and works in London) works across artistic disciplines. The thread that links her works together and undergirds her practice is her authoritative and imaginative use of line. Sometimes this takes the form of drawn marks – Morris is a wonderful draughtsman and her fluidity of line belies her command and authority over her subjects – at other times the line becomes stitching, and she sews by hand or by machine into the canvas.
More recently though, Morris has started to become renowned for her colourful sculptural pieces. Her totemic ‘Stack’ sculptures appear to defy gravity, reaching majestically for the sky. Sometimes formed from coloured plaster and sand, at other times cast in bronze, these softly rounded, feminine shapes both arrest and delight the viewer. Described by The New York Times as ‘Stacks of Joy’, new editions of these pieces are currently in progress as part of a commission for the Louis Vuitton Foundation. Like trees they share a commonality of type but each edition is distinctly different. Morris’s work is paradoxical in its shades of subtlety and boldness and the artist carefully but apparently unconsciously succeeds in walking the tightrope between the two.