Structures of all kinds collide in a silkscreen print by Sarah Morris.
With graphic canvases, Sarah Morris investigates the shapes, grids and systems that surround us. Industry translates a painting from her Spiderweb series, begun in 2021 under lockdown, into a print for the first time. The series draws parallels between the silken threads of a spider’s home and the precarity of a modern metropolis – both structures in which distant elements find themselves delicately interconnected.
11 silkscreen layers form a composition of hard-edged solids. Shards and circles in punchy hues are layered over one another on a jet black base, blurring the parameters of negative space and evading a single or fixed definition. Gloss varnish recreates the lustrous finish of the domestic emulsion which Morris uses to paint – itself an echo of the industrial themes which percolate in her practice. The edition’s title references this, and nods to the art world’s own machinations, in which Morris finds herself enmeshed.
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