Friday, 1 July 2016

Interview for The Native Society

I was recently interviewed for The Native Society.  The easiest question to answer was:

What makes you the best?
A mélange of sensibilities and emotions in varying and shifting proportions; enthusiasm, passion, commitment, idealism, curiosity, integrity, desire, insecurity, non-conformity, belief, stubborn-ness, irreverence, humor.
The full interview can be read here.

The Sowing of Lavender on a Boundary, 2012

Monday, 6 June 2016

Dangerous Minds in Rome

A glimpse into the glorious weekend at La Posta Vecchia. Exquisitely planned and arranged by The Laboratory Arts Collective and Marie-Louise Sciothe concept of Desire was explored and embodied over two and a half days and nights.  I had the pleasure of being part of the desirable unfolding. 

"Desire - La Posta Vecchia" by The Laboratory Arts Collective 2016

Friday, 27 May 2016

Body Adornment: Provoking Desire

From July 11 through to July 22nd 2016, I will be teaching a Design Intensive at RISD. The course emerges where concept, adornment, ornamentation, product and narrative meet. We consider the desire impulse and how almost everything that we are drawn to, whether on a purely functional or aesthetic level, is driven by desire. How do we bring focus to the body and what motivates pleasure? How might this be generated through adornment, restriction, ornamentation, concealment or distortion? Students in this course analyze and explore how to promote or provoke expression through the physical relationship between the body and "wearable" objects. Students focus on an aspect of the body, which becomes the foundation of their research from both a conceptual and sensorial perspective. Students then begin to identify a potential audience for their concepts and prototypes. They will be encouraged to explore how they might create narratives for particular objects and question how the aspect of "storytelling" can enhance the desire associated with a specific item/object/concept. Can an object that is imbued with a story transcend the initial functionality and purpose? Students answer this and other design inquiries with their final projects. 

Further information can be found here. 

Friday, 6 May 2016

The Weekend of Dangerous Minds 15th - 17th April 2016

The Weekend of Dangerous Minds was a sublime experience and I had the great pleasure to work with The (Remarkable) Laboratory Arts Collective and the gracious Marie-Louise Sciò.

On the evening of 15th after a beautiful meal was served on a table carved from one huge piece of pink marble and having sipped on a Desire Cocktail mixed to the perfect pink of The Laboratory's magazine DESIRE, pantone 905c, I told a story about the story that I was to read; In the Garden of Earthly Delights by Dr Jane Wildgoose. I also read a little from Design Behind Desire and spoke about how we 'might' consider desire. 

There was so very much more and it is depicted and described most fulsomely here.........

Monday, 2 May 2016

What Lies Beneath

"Rosette Cheeks (exploded and capped)" has garnered a fair amount of attention since her appearance at Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Tracking down the source of this image..........

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Private View at the V&A

It was wonderful to see "Rosette Cheeks (exploded and capped)" at the Victoria & Albert Museum opening of Undressed - A Brief History of Underwear this evening. She also appeared to be keeping good company.

Image by Claire Shovelton

About Me

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Lisa Z. Morgan is an artist, designer and writer. The subject and object of desire has been a palpable constant within her artistic expression both as a motivation and in its embodiment or articulation. Through her creativity and research Morgan examines how the value of provenance, of rarity and storytelling, puts into question or provokes our understanding and relationship towards desire and the desire impulse. Her focus has been how we may access, stimulate and touch the internal points of registration or the emotional dynamics of bodily perception. In essence she attempts to define and make manifest the feeling of feeling. Her work inhabits a space where art, semiotics, design and fashion intersect. Morgan is the Co-Founder of STRUMPET & PINK and the Co-Founder of The Lavender Hinge. She is the author and creative editor of Design Behind Desire and also a contributor to SHOWstudio and The Laboratory Arts Collective.