LOCKDOWN SERIES

During these turbulent, unsettling times, we want to share a glimmer of beauty to break up the fear and anxiety. Each week we will be highlighting new artworks from emerging artists and share their thoughts and inspirations during this time. This week we are showcasing the work of Illustrator and Digital Artist, Dominic Morris.

ONLINE EXHIBITION

'Another Life in Daydreams' by Dominic Morris

2019
42cm x 59.5cm
Digital Print

"This piece was originally illustrated in one of my sketchbooks. I had the intention of creating a snapshot of how certain images are recalled in dreams and are sometimes coalesce together to form amorphic and illogical shapes. I was inspired to make this piece after reading Sigmund Freud's 'Interpretation of Dreams', about wish fulfilment and how repressed unconscious desires appear in dreams."

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'Another Life in Dreams' by Dominic Morris

2019
42cm x 59.5cm
Digital Print

"This piece was originally illustrated in one of my sketchbooks. I had the intention of creating a snapshot of how certain images are recalled in dreams and are sometimes coalesce together to form amorphic and illogical shapes. I was inspired to make this piece after reading Sigmund Freud's 'Interpretation of Dreams', about wish fulfilment and how repressed unconscious desires appear in dreams."

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'Portrait of a Second Self' by Dominic Morris

2017
21cm x 14.75cm
Digital Print

"The clouds seem to be set ablaze in this hurricane-esque image. I wanted to create the feeling of looking up at an apocalyptic sky with the suspense of something about to happen. The sense of movement in the piece paired with the other-worldly aesthetic reflects an indefinable experience found only in dreams. The piece was created using digital manipulations of an image alongside careful brush stroke distortions."

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Incredible Unique Digital Abstract Artwork by emerging artist, Dominic Morris, using symbolism to portray mental health’s control over the mind.

'Nutshell' by Dominic Morris

2018
64.4cm x 45.7cm
Digital Print

"In this piece, a green skeletal figure can be seen sinking beneath what seems to be thousands of exploding particles of sand. There is a sense of helplessness in the figure’s expression, shrouded by the darkness whilst sinking into the quicksand. I wanted to evoke the feeling in which mental health tends to overwhelm and control the mind."

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Incredible Unique Digital Abstract Artwork by emerging artist, Dominic Morris, using symbolism to portray mental health’s control over the mind.

'A.I. Brainwaves' by Dominic Morris

2020
65cm x 60.3cm
Digital Print

"There are startling correlations between human and robot brains, and with advancing technology brings a new depth to Artificial Intelligence. Here, I wanted to portray a projection of an artificial dreamscape. I was inspired to make this piece after reading Alienation by Inéz Estrada; A futuristic story about technology and virtual reality comes a part of day to day life, and in the end, proves too powerful as it eventually takes control."

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'Raw Sparks' by Dominic Morris

2019
20cm x 20cm x 1.5cm
Ink on Canvas

"This was the first drawing I attempted on canvas. I used an old canvas which I had painted previously, utilising the texture left by the dried paint underneath. It was challenging to ink in-between the undulations on the surface; however, it allowed the forms to come about more naturally. The texture gives it more of a 3D feel despite the flat black and white colours. When making the illustrations I was interested in allowing the viewer to focus on the shapes made by the areas in black, and subsequently balanced with the shapes in white."

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INTERVIEW

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I was brought up in Los Angeles in the US and now I live in Surrey.

WHAT IS YOUR ARTISTIC BACKGROUND?

I studied art at school for GCSE and A-Level. This is where I first realised the importance of art in my life. I then studied art foundation at Falmouth (which sadly, is no longer running). Last year I graduated from Loughborough with a degree in Industrial Design.

TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOUR STUDIES IN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN, WHAT DREW YOU TO THIS SUBJECT SPECIFICALLY?

I wanted to merge my artistic skills with my love for building and making things I had as a child. I aimed to bring different ideas from an artistic point of view into designing products. The course was 4 years and I learned a lot about myself and design.

WHAT IS/ARE YOUR FAVOURITE MEDIUMS?

My go-to medium is ink. I pick up a pen and illustrate almost every day (a new year’s resolution that I have actually stuck with!). So far, I have filled 8 sketchbooks worth of illustrations and doodles. I believe drawing has the power to lead us into a deeper relationship with ourselves and the world around us. I also love to create by digitally manipulating images to create vivid dreamscapes. Most of the time the best pieces are a result of trying something different, or simply a happy accident! I love taking black and white pictures on my film camera and at times utilise those images for digital distortion. I am currently practising my painting skills with oils and figurative art.

WHO/WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOUR KEY INFLUENCES/INSPIRATIONS ARE?

I am mainly influenced by my dreams, which I think are the most fascinating phenomena and I try to keep a record of each dream in a journal (which I highly recommend). My art aims to reflect dreamscapes and themes are often sourced from what I can recall. I am inspired by the strange and the expressive. My favourite art movements are surrealism, abstract expressionism and impressionism. My favourite artists are Francis Bacon, Keith Haring, George Condo, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Dali and William Blake.

DO YOU HAVE ANY MUSICAL INFLUENCES THAT INSPIRE YOUR WORK? OR ANY PARTICULAR ARTISTS/SONGS YOU LIKE TO LISTEN TO WHILE WORKING?

There is always something playing when I’m working as It helps me to concentrate and creates an atmosphere for the piece. It really depends on my mood, and I have a very eclectic taste. One day it could be Aphex Twin, another day it could be Sufjan Stevens. My Favourite band of all time is the Grateful Dead. I find music to be powerfully intrinsic and in my opinion, is just another medium I can utilise.

WE'RE GOING THROUGH A PRETTY UNSETTLING TIME RIGHT NOW, HOW ARE YOU DOING?

I sure am feeling unsettled alongside many others in the world at the moment. My heart goes out to the thousands suffering and who will be suffering in the near future. Despite the chaos, the pandemic has created a sense of togetherness which has long been needed in the world. Unity is something we should strive to continue after this is all over. If anyone is feeling worried or anxious about everything that’s happening, I recommend hunkering down with an art project to express your feelings. Remember to not be fixed on how good the result is but to enjoy the process of making. It can be extremely therapeutic. And who knows? You may surprise yourself.

Check out this playlist by Dominic to hear what he's listening to right now.

I’m doing good! I’ve had a couple down days and dealing with PMS during this whole thing has been an interesting experience to say the least. I was away from January, and was meant to come home April 30th but, obviously, had to come home earlier. That was weird as I had to be isolated in my room for 2 weeks so as not to put my family at risk, I had some rough days during that. I’ve been working on something every day, and every now and then I come up with something that I feel proud of enough to show people. I think it’s important to keep your brain active and creative right now, not just for artists but for everyone, it stops you going completely mad.

HOW IS THE LOCKDOWN AFFECTING YOU CREATIVELY?

I feel that because of the lockdown I have an excuse to pursue lots of artistic projects and complete unfinished works. I do feel more focused and can work on things I’ve been thinking about for a long time.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH WITH THIS TIME?

I hope to complete some projects I’m working on and practice my skills. I’m also brainstorming for a potential graphic novel I want to make.

AND DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR STAYING CREATIVE DURING QUARANTINE?

My advice is to plan your projects and make a designated creative space where you have what you need to hand. It is important to keep focused and keep in the zone when creating (especially for me as I get distracted very easily!).

Circular profile image of Surrey based Digital and Abstract Fine Artist, Dominic Morris, for his artist page on the Shiver art Gallery website.

To see more of Dominic's work, visit his artist's page or check out our online shop

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'Accidental Normality' by Dominic Morris

£39

'Loose Ends'
by Dominic Morris

£78

'Liquid Mirrors'
by Dominic Morris

£63

'Kaleidoscope'
by Dominic Morris

£6

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