Sue Morris

Vibrating Planet: Posts in a time of pandemic

Lockdown residency

Part I: 1 - 13 December 2020

Part II: 18 - 30 January 2021

Derry, Northern Ireland

Sue Morris

According to seismologists the earth’s hum* has significantly dropped during lockdown,  due to the decrease in human activity. However, visual artist Sue Morris is detecting a different kind of vibration – a primal tremor, a collective nervous tic, the shiver of a sick ecosystem. While the planet stills, levels of anxiety and unease are soaring. During this time of pandemic – locking down, unlocking and relocking – Morris tries, unscientifically, to document evidence of this phenomenon.

*Background hum of high frequency seismic noise.

Sue Morris was born in England and is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, London. Since the early nineties she has lived in Ireland, most recently in Derry, Northern Ireland. Her multidisciplinary practice utilizes drawing, text, printmaking, film, photography, sound and installation. Her work explores notions of the known and the unknown particularly around re-imagined and alternative histories.

Selected exhibitions include those at; the Lockhart Gallery, State University New York, USA (2012); the Kunstverein Galerie, Baden bei Wien (2012) and museumORTH, Orth an der Danau, Austria (2013), as part of the International Cultural Programme for Ireland’s Presidency of the EU; Tartu Loomemajanduskeskus, Estonia (2014); Artisterium 7, Tbilisi, Georgia (2014); the State Institute of Culture, Moscow, Russia (2016); the Cultural Centre of Moschato, Athens, Greece (2017); the 16:9 Gallery, Lawrence University, Michigan, USA (2018) and Photophobia Festival of Contemporary Moving Image, the Hamilton Gallery and Artists Inc, Ontario, Canada (2019).

This project is in partnership with St Augustine’s Heritage Site and is kindly funded by Derry City & Strabane District Council, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and The Ireland Funds.


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