Artist Interview - Laurence Morgan

Artist interview between Shannon Skye Robinson and Lois Emma Harkin (Curating Futures Project Coordinator), and Laurence Morgan (Curating Futures Artist).


* Warning, mature content- nudity *


Date of Interview: 20th of December 2021

Participants: Shannon Skye Robinson (SSR) and Lois Emma Harkin (LEH) and Laurence Morgan (LM)



SSR/LEH: What is your background?


LM: I acquired a traumatic brain injury aged twelve, due to memory issues I have no real sense of self. I have discovered Para-Climbing and do that to quite a high level.

 

SSR/LEH: How did you get into art/ creativity?

LM: I joined an art group at 24 to socialise mainly. Reliant on my non dominant right hand I found I was quite precise if work was arduous. As a youngster I enjoyed pottery classes - more free play than wheel work.


Artwork produced by Laurence Morgan


 

SSR/LEH: What do you get out of producing work?

LM: Both art and climbing allow me to attain a focus which helps quieten a loud messy mind.

Artwork produced by Laurence Morgan


 

SSR/LEH: How do you want your work to be perceived by an audience?

LM: Other’s perception is not on my radar. An audience alone would be fantastic.

Artwork produced by Laurence Morgan


 

SSR/LEH: Who are your biggest inspirations?

LM: I am untrained and purely creating focuses me, I don’t necessarily get art or truthfully find passion in art. An urge to try communicating with art fascinates me however.


Artwork produced by Laurence Morgan


 

SSR/LEH: What are the main concepts or themes you explore within your work?


LM: I explore the male pretty exclusively. Portraiture and figurative work. I am afraid to admit I draw and find escapism. I have never thought about my work conceptualised or explored meaning.


I am a gay and a disabled artist. My sexuality less of a hang up than owning my disability. I panic at the thought of explaining it – It feels like I have to justify my existence, and I feel shame my inefficiencies to function like regular people.

 

SSR/LEH: What is the main thing you have learnt through your creative practice?

LM: I will forget everything, learning isn’t a goal, acceptance is more key.


Artwork produced by Laurence Morgan


 

SSR/LEH: Who is your work for? Yourself? A small community? A specific sector of society? Or is it for everyone?

LM: It is an outlet for me above all else. I am content if others find and like pieces.


 

You can find Laurence Morgan via his Instagram