Morgan Brig essentially sees herself as a 3D collage artist. In her figures she brings disparate materials to create a unified being, imbued with emotive human expression. She is drawn to sculpture because she finds it provides the best conduit to explore how the manipulation of an eye, mouth, ear or brow can change the expression and implied meaning of a work. Into this she introduces symbolic imagery and found objects.
Although she does not set out to illustrate or directly express a defined narrative, she finds that the figures often reveal to her undercurrents of personal experience. The making of the work becomes a kind of therapy through which she can recognize indicators of her own emotional wellbeing. In her most current body of work many of the pieces have teeth. She felt compelled to make these pieces, saying, “they just had to come out. There was no other thing I wanted to create. I just needed to have these pieces that had a little edge to them that way, and I came to understand that it was a delayed reaction to all the political craziness that had been going on. It just needed a place for that to vent and come out.”
Having worked through the creation of these works, she found a sense of peace, and the final work created for her show at Brumfield Gallery articulates a calmness following the storm. The “Float Some” piece is a figure that has close eyes and gently rocks on tiny toes. In this piece she began to acknowledge that life had slowed down during the pandemic, and that this had created space for her to take her time in the creation of the pieces. She says, “I have to respect that there is this place that allows me now to really enjoy the making of all these pieces, and to add more detail to them if I think it’s necessary to really thoroughly communicate what I need to communicate.”
Morgan uses a range of materials and techniques. The main base of the figure might be anything from an old plastic pot to stuffed fabric, with an applied surface. Her preferred material for this surface is an epoxy clay, which provides a hard finish that will accept paint well. It is also a strong adhesive for attaching additional elements to pieces. These may be found objects, or enameled copper plates carrying photo-transferred images. Arms, legs, ears or horns are fashioned from copper and screwed in or attached with the epoxy resin. Her skill is in bringing these materials together in a unified way to create a character that appears to have a real spirit, and that mirrors our shared human experience.