Luminary Lecture Series


Poet and Artist
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17:00 - 18:30

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Sharon Morris will present the relationship between words and images in her artworks including photography, video, film, installation and live performance-readings, and her poetry collections False Spring, 2007, and Gospel Oak, 2013 published by Enitharmon Press.  Her metaphorical and symbolic images address the theme of place, for example the site of Gospel Oak as a discursive relation between Hampstead Heath and the City of London.  Her live performance-readings include ‘For the Oak’, e-and-eye, Tate Modern; PolyPly; and Crazy Wisdom, King’s Place, London; Camden Arts Centre, and Rowing Gallery.  Her artists’ book, The Moon is Shining on My Mother, Enitharmon Editions, 2017, commissioned and exhibited by Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, is in collections including the V&A; British Library; National Poetry Library; Stanford University; National Library of Wales.  Set in west Wales, this work looks to geology, archaeology, myth and histories, as a way of understanding the contemporary. The work reflects her interest in macaronic forms, that is the juxtaposition of languages, in this case English and Welsh in relation to the photographic image.


Using the philosophy of C.S. Peirce and psychoanalytic theory her critical writings include: 'Peirce and the Image: the Work of Art and the Sign', Università degli Studi di Urbino, 2007; 'Bild, Imagismus und das Kunstwerk', in Bilder BeSchreiben, Kassel University Press, 2009; 'Open the Page', Inside the View: Helen Sear.  Ffotogallery, Wales, 2012; ‘The Contemporary Macaronic Poem: English and Welsh, the visual and the verbal’ in Critical Creativity: Artistic Form and Cultural Agency in Comparative Literature, forthcoming 2020. Sharon Morris is a Professor at UCL Slade School of Fine Art.


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