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"Trish Morrissey: New Works"
2005-06-14 until 2005-08-07
Pump House Gallery
London, , UK United Kingdom

Pump House Gallery is pleased to present Trish Morrissey's first solo show in a London public gallery. The exhibition includes photographs and video work created over a two-year period inspired by family photo albums and family relationships. Seven Years consists of large-scale colour photographs that deconstruct family photography by meticulously mimicking it. In the series, the title of which refers to the age gap between the artist and her elder sister, Morrissey functions as director, author and actor, staging herself and her sibling in tightly controlled, fictional mise-en-scènes based on the conventions of family snapshots.

In order to construct images that appear to be authentic family photographs from the 1970s and 1980s, Morrissey uses period clothing and props, both her own and others, and the setting of her family's house in Dublin. She and her sister assume different characters and roles in each image, utilizing body language to reveal the subtext of psychological tensions inherent in all family relations. The resulting photographs isolate telling moments in which the unconscious leaks out from behind the façade of the face and into the minute gestures of the body.

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 child chasing an elusive rabbit round a garden. Though the two videos are very different in style, both evoke a sense of yearning and loss.

Trish Morrissey was born in Dublin 1967, and lives and works in London. She gained her MA Photography from The London Institute in 2001 and has exhibited internationally in group-shows in Vienna, Sao Paulo and Paris amongst others. She was selected for East International 2004. In 2005 she held her first solo exhibition in New York at Yossi Milo Gallery and has work in collections at the V&A Museum, London and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA.


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