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Peggy Sue

Jerry Morris

Artist's Statement

I consider myself an artisan and an artist. I take pride in presenting work that is well crafted, visually balanced, and that contains a deeper meaning than what is revealed at first glance. I’ve typically chosen materials that are permanent, that have presence and are substantial, and my most recent projects have dealt with creating volume in unordinary ways.

I’m interested in how technology has become an integral part of our lives. Virtually everything we do revolves around electronics and machines, even our books are in danger of disappearing, becoming wireless reading devices. In just over one hundred years, manned flight has gone from covering one-hundred and twenty feet to being able to circumnavigate the globe, from carrying one passenger to being able to carry nearly one thousand, and from flying at about seven miles per hour to flying at seventy-five hundred miles per hour. With that thought in mind, I’ve been investigating what our myths, especially those that deal with flight, might look like in the twenty-first century.

My work, Peggy Sue, from 2009, was one such attempt as well as a personal offering to the muses. In Greek mythology, the Pegasus serves as a symbol for wisdom and poetry and was a gift by Athena to the Muses, the goddesses of inspiration. Using 3.5mil sheet plastic and packing tape I created a flying horse that had airplane wings. The piece was inflated so as to give it the appearance of buoyancy and launched from a fourth floor balcony. Its translucency was intended to give the work a ghost-like quality and appear as if it had just flown through the building.

In all of my works, I am creating sculpture from raw materials such as metal, wood, stone, clay, cardboard and fabric. These materials are transformed through craftsmanship, attention to detail, and passion. It is my intent to continue exploring the possibilities of sculpture through these experiments with material, scale, and content.