Petrona Morrison is a Jamaican artist who lives in Kingston, Jamaica. For the past thirty years her work has engaged deeply personal, as well as socio-political concerns through assemblages and installations. Her totemic assemblages made from discarded objects culled from the streets of Kingston, and installations that evoke ritual spaces, serve as metaphors for transformation, renewal and healing, and themes of fragility, survival and resilience reoccur in her practice. She incorporates digital photographs, text and video into her installations, a process she describes by saying, “I use fragments – conversations, photographs, recorded images appropriated from the internet, to create narratives which explore ideas”. Her recent work has become less autobiographical and more overtly political. Her video installation “Selfie,” a collaboration with theatre artist Rachael Allen, signals a new direction in her practice. The work, which explores the construction of identity through social media, has opened new possibilities through its performance and collaborative process. Morrison holds a BA (Fine Arts) from McMaster University, Canada and an MFA from Howard University, USA.
September 22, 2019