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Impressions Gallery

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New Works

Trish Morrissey

10th Jul - 11th Sep 2004

A major exhibition of new work by Trish Morrissey commissioned by Impressions, including photographs and video work created over a two-year period and is inspired by family photo albums and family relationships.

In a series of elaborately staged portraits, Morrissey worked closely with her elder sister to impersonate family members (both real and imagined) and re-enact memories familiar to all of us - childhood birthdays or holidays at the seaside. The resulting series of colour photographs is titled Seven Years, referring to the age gap between Morrissey and her sister. She made the images at her former family home, using old clothes found in her parents’ attic or searching second hand shops for the perfect prop, to meticulously recreate the atmosphere of the seventies and eighties. In contrast to most family photos, the people in her images rarely smile, allowing the viewer to concentrate on the gestures and body language which reveal hidden tensions between family members. They are at once nostalgic and unsettling.

Accompanying the photographs are two new video works. In the bittersweet Eighteen and Forty Five, two women wearing a wedding dress (whose faces we never see) dance in the harsh surroundings of a suburban back yard, whilst Eleven and Three Quarters shows a small boy chasing an elusive rabbit round a garden.  Both pieces evoke a sense of yearning – a feeling of not quite being able to grasp one’s dreams.

Trish Morrissey gained her MA, Photography from The London Institute in 2001. She was selected for EAST International 2004. Previous exhibitions included the acclaimed solo show WWM, Tom Blau Gallery, London 2000 and Viewpoint Gallery, Salford 1999.  Group shows include Fe/male Vienna, Austria 2001. She was a finalist in the John Kobal Awards 1999. Her work is part of the collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA.

Curated by Anne McNeill. An Impressions Gallery Touring Exhibition.

July 22nd 1972, from Seven Years

July 22nd 1972, from Seven Years

Trish Morrissey

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July 22nd 1972, from Seven Years January 25th 1979, from Seven Years Still from Eleven and Three Quarters Still from Eighteen and Forty Five