2010 Elected as a Royal Academician 1968-1970 University of Reading, MFA 1963-1968 University of Newcastle upon Tyne, BA
In her abstract paintings, Mali Morris explores how colour can construct luminosity, building complex layers of rhythmic pictorial space. She investigates the language of painting, its ever-changing expressive possibilities, and how it could relate to our experience in the world.
This ‘Concertina’ will remain only half open, and silent; the front is boldly vivid, but the viewer only glimpses the many other colours that lie within. The rhythmic relationship between the squares and circles takes the place of song, and gives the work a joyful aspect, a humility, and a playfulness.
Its lighthearted appearance however gives way to a more sober moment with the dedications inscribed on the inside. As the artist explains: “W.E.M., B.M., and J.McL.: my father William Elidir Morris, my sister-in-law Bernadette Morris, and my friend John McLean, all had Parkinson’s. I made this work in their memory.”