Andrew Morris: What's Left Behind?
Art in the Bar
The interiors depicted in Andrew Morris’ photographs appear calm and contemplative, in a transitory place — somewhere between occupied and vacant. Reading glasses still perched on the windowsill and bedrooms with beds that seem to have been freshly made — you could easily be mistaken in believing the owner has just popped out. Look a little closer and you’ll find something isn’t quite right. Wallpaper peeling from the walls, a single photograph on an otherwise empty bookshelf; these are homes in the process of being cleared out, homes that once belonged to someone who has passed away. Morris sensitively captures these scenes which are about more than the remaining possessions: he leads us to consider and reflect upon the ideas of home, family and ownership.
Andrew Morris lives and works in Swansea and recently graduated from University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea, where he studied Photography in the Arts. Morris is the first recipient of the Wales International Young Artist Award which was presented to him by the British Council Wales for this body of work.
About the award
The Wales International Young Artist Award was launched in 2013 by the British Council Wales with the aim of both identifying a new pool of young talent across the creative sectors and also nurturing it by offering young artists from Wales, national and international exposure. The winner receives a £500 prize and the opportunity to exhibit in six continents and over 100 countries.
Image: Andrew Morris, What's Left Behind? 2013. 6 x 7" medium format photograph