ROOM FOR MEMORY
On exhibit NOVEMBER 22 – JANUARY 5
Artist Opening Reception: Friday, November 22. 5-8pm.
Free and open to the public.
Additional reception during Art’ Round Town (monthly art walk in Portsmouth) on December 6. 5-8pm.
Heather Morgan’s oil paintings depict figures (mostly women) that are performing their identities, and it is a tense and fevered display, aching with self-consciousness. The possibilities for self-creation are illustrated in a succession of vivid characters based on the artist and her acquaintances.
Vivid and theatrical as these images are, the viewer is thrust into discomfiting intimacy with these defiant characters. These works invite the viewer to look and to covet, presenting an alluring world that is also potent and seething. Beauty quivers with pain and flaw in the distorted, luminous subjects that populate Morgan’s paintings. These unflinching yet vulnerable pastel heroines become all the more unknowable, as they reveal themselves in their fractured splendor.
Live music at the Artist Opening Reception at 7pm:
Heather Morgan and her band Lovesick will be performing at the Opening Reception.
The band also features David Goolkasian (The Texas Governor, Elevator Drops), Nick Phaneuf (Soggy Po Boys, Tan Vampires, Novel Novela), Eric Ott (Eastern Sleds), Dean Ludington (Klown), and Terry Palmer.
Generously supported by: Meredith Village Savings Bank