Wrightsville Beach Magazine for July 2017. There is a great article about local artists on page 25, by Kathryn Manis.
Photographer Allison Potter and I played in the YWCA pool for around two hours for the cover shot. She donned SCUBA gear, an underwater camera, and a backup GOPro. I must say holding my breath without blowing bubbles was harder that I thought it would be. I’m really glad she was able to capture some great shots.
Expo 216 is a new art gallery/museum hybrid in downtown Wilmington, NC. The grand opening exhibit, Ocean Plastic, will run through the end of the year 2016.The exposition focuses on the issue of plastics being overly disposable and the harm it is doing to marine life. There is a CSI: Albatross interactive exhibit inspired from photographs by David Liittschwager, as well as other educational exhibits mingled with art from local artists and fashion designers, and fill over two stories of the building.
Artist and Plastic Ocean Project activist, Bonnie Monteleone, has an educational exhibit upstairs, What Goes Around Comes Around. Down the hall in the theatre room is my exhibit; Light within the Darkness: What Lies Beneath. The installation is a series of underwater scenes of marine life (sea turtles, jellyfish, squid, etc.) made out of recycled plastics and interacting with plastic trash. The lights in the room may be switched between gallery lighting and backlight to show the “bioluminescence” in the paintings.
Light Within the Darkness: What Lies Beneath
MAY 2016 – FEB 2017
For the past two months I’ve been cooping myself up in my art room working away on paintings for an upcoming new gallery/museum in downtown Wilmington, NC. Opening is in May.
Expo 216 Ocean Plastic (216 N. Front St. Wilmington, NC 28401)
The theme of plastics in the ocean and the harm it does to animals goes perfectly with the paintings I love to create. I’m working on a series of miniature paintings of the ocean floor, with pieces of plastics harvested from the ocean (courtesy of Bonnie Monteleone with Plastic Ocean Project) and other plastics and recycled materials.
Coming out next month, on April 1st, 2016 is Anne Russell’s book The Mystical Magical Amazing Fantastical Gardens of Airlie. This will be a limited, numbered and signed, hardcover edition with the softcover soon to follow. Anne Russell asked me to create 15 paintings of Airlie Gardens for a poem she emailed me a little over a year ago. The book is not the same poem I illustrated but still goes along with the paintings well. We are very excited that it is finally finished and ready just in time for spring.
“Wilmington is bursting with talented and innovative artists. Alexandra Morse is adding her own unique spice to the artistic pot. Her multimedia creations are deeply inspired by the ocean and overflowing with vibrant colors, textures and imagination.”
Alexandra Underwater , by Sam Wilson
“Reflecting a life spent surfing, sailing, paddleboarding and diving in the Cape Fear region, Alexandra Morse’s paintings chart the undersea worlds of the Carolina coast. Or put another way, they document what is, for her, just another day in the office.”
Artist’s nautical paintings come alive in the dark , by Sam Wilson
“During the opening of local artist Alexandra Morse’s “Art in the Dark: Under the Surface” at the Art Factory, the lights suddenly went out, revealing a wall of bioluminescence shining blue and green from the darkness.”