Morgan Wedderspoon’s art practice is grounded in print media and found-object collection and display. Looking at her surroundings through an ethnographic lens, she creates works that sample from her assortment of objects, all of which are gathered from the ground. Cast against the background of the Anthropocene, her work interrogates the relationship between commodity culture, nature, and the ever-present problem of coexistence within a larger-than-human sphere. Wedderspoon is a graduate of Queen’s University (2009) and holds a Master of Fine Art in Printmaking from the University of Alberta (2016). She has exhibited nationally and internationally, with works in public and private collections in Canada, the United States, Egypt and China. She teaches at the University of Alberta and the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP). Her upcoming solo exhibition, GIVE UP AND PARTY, will show at SNAP in August 2017.
Culminating in my thesis exhibition From the Surface, my MFA work comes out of a preoccupation with collecting found materials from the ground. With the global ecological crisis weighing on my mind, I think of my often downcast gaze as a subconscious mixture of despondency, curiosity, and a desire for stable footing. Moving through the world like any other animal I can find something of interest on the ground, but as a human I am haunted by the added knowledge that my species has become the geological agent of this epoch. Each object I collect then becomes a site for visual exploration in my lens-based print works. In a poetic gesture with a hint of the absurd, I isolate, arrange and associate objects as a redemptive act of making meaning from mere detritus. My new work will consider common human responses to crisis, attempting to group objects based on these shared attitudes.
Here is a link to Morgan’s instagram page for her silkscreen students