Paige Morris

Tell us about yourself.

Hello! I’m Paige. I am from Northampton, Pennsylvania. Growing up, my mom would make stained glass decor in our basement. I was always captivated by glass objects but I wouldn’t begin working with glass until I was a sophomore at Tyler School of Art. I graduated from their program in 2012 and I lived and worked in Philly for about a decade before moving to Richmond, VA. I currently live here while I pursue a MFA at VCU in their craft/material studies program.

What draws you to the material you work with?

What I love the most about glass is it’s classification as an amorphous solid. It is neither liquid nor solid, it exists somewhere in the middle of those two states. I find this fascinating and feel that this material offers me a conceptual advantage regarding my work. I don’t always use glass but my methodologies are approached in a manner that reflects the dualities of the materiality of glass.

What themes do you pursue in your work, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?

In the past I’ve explored themes regarding ritual and romance. I think a lot about women’s portrayal in popular culture and how that affects our perception of ourselves. Recently, I’ve been transitioning my work and have been exploring ideas of care and comfort, avoidance and deflection. I think a lot about day residue, the bits of your day that present themselves in your dreams, and unfamiliarity amongst the familiar.

If you weren’t working in this field, what career would you choose?

If I wasn’t an artist I would probably be an activist or maybe even a grassroots politician, which honestly feels strange to admit. Staying politically engaged and informed is essentially a hobby of mine.

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