Visiting Artist Lecture: Kristen Morgin

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kimple 102 @ 5:30 PM

Kristen Morgin, whose work is formed with a mixture of clay, glue, cement and other media, comes from a ceramic background, but goes far beyond traditional uses of the medium. Her sculptures have an affinity to the assemblages of George Herms, Edward Keinholz, and Michael Mc Millen, but also evoke relics of contemporary culture that have been buried and unearthed at a later date. As Morgin states: “My works are delicate things that express the preciousness, nobility and stubborn-headedness of matter that resists its own inevitable demise in spite of its dilapidated condition and predestined downfall.”

Morgin was born in 1968 in Brunswick, Georgia. She completed her BA at California State University, Hayward, and her MFA at Alfred University. Work has recently been acquired by LACMA, the Hammer Museum and The Rubell Family Collection. Kristen Morgin has been included in the Thing exhibition at the Hammer Museum in 2005, the New Museum’s inaugural show in New York in 2007, and has participated in the Istanbul Biennial curated by Jens Hoffman.