Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Fort Wayne, IN



William Morris: Myth, Object, and the Animal


Bone? Wood? Stone? Leather? Is it possible for glass to have the optical equivalence of these? Glass artist William Morris has the uncanny ability to manipulate blown glass into something it really isn't. Morris pushes the limit of glass blowing with his mesmerizing sculptures using extraordinary technical skills that seem beyond the physical and chemical possibilities of glass.

Morris uses the fragile medium of glass to recreate life-size black ravens and exquisite deer heads that reflect themes of myth, archaeology and the animal. "Morris's works are not flashy as is much that is created in this medium, but more quietly beautiful, with their opaque, sensual surfaces, and luminous color that seems to glow within each piece as if it were some sort of life force or blood coursing through." states Patricia Watkinson, Director of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. His work invites the visitor to contemplate the ever-widening gap between contemporary culture, which focuses on technology and progress and our primitive beginnings, shaped by the forces of nature and myth. (left: The Raven Jar, 1999, blown glass, Photo: Rob Vinnedge)

Morris has spent over 25 years honing his skills. The Seattle-area artist's pieces are in museum collections from New Zealand to Japan, from London's Victoria and Albert Museum to Paris's Musée des Arts Decoratifs.

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