Angela Morris-Winmill - Artist Statement
Much of Morris-Winmill’s work concentrates on the theme of women in society, their representation and internal expectations (being emotional and physical), grounding the artistic starting point.
A passion for fashion history and precision cutting are noted in her sculptures, paintings and drawings. How we are mirrored in society, expressing ourselves with feminine and masculine strengths are ideas drawn from reading fashion history and personal expression. Morris-Winmill often questions what is beauty, what is societies’ image of beauty and the time relating to these. Her ideas to produce images that contradict current media expectations aim to help us see that there is a chance to accept beauty is in all matter and being. How beauty and that of which society directs us coupled with mental health and it’s growing voice is the dare of Morris-Winmill’s studio calling for a new body of work to challenge the artist and viewer.
Topics explored in her works include questions of self, sexuality, religion and death. Often teased through feminine/masculine forms, identity (gender and role), religious icons and branding.
To find beauty in the discarded, the used and the old excites Morris-Winmill’s daily practice. Often exploring new tools and materials, she currently finds treasures in discarded bones from the animals that feed us. Smooth sculptural forms that we would not normally see in our highly packaged world become forms to display and find pleasure in.
Morris-Winmill’s paintings represent the constant changing of oneself. Through our growing years and each decade we live, we face challenges that may require emotional growth to work through. Sometimes real change and adjustments in thinking and living are needed to understand ourselves better and thus improve our physical and emotional selves to find ones own self acceptance and of others'. Another form of beauty.
Most recently new sculptural works of bone represents renewal and respect. A successful print collection follows this and takes her out of her comfort zone, learning new disciplines to grow her practice.
Morris-Winmill’s héros are Andy Warhol, Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, Philip Tracy and the inspiring Iris Apfel.
She visits her local butcher often.