Elemental & Minimal.
“There is something very elemental in these minimal works, which draw on his fascination with the Cornish landscape and its history. Joe has found his own singular voice with which to interpret landscapes and provide us, the viewers, with space for contemplation, stillness and quiet.”
Combining Centuries-Old Techniques with a Modern Eye.
“A talented, individual and up-and-coming artist, Joe was born and grew up in Birmingham and studied Landscape architecture at Leeds. Following a spell in London, Joe moved to Cornwall in 2007 and began experimenting with differing mediums in which to work. Stumbling across a form a traditional Moroccan lime plaster, called Tadelakt, traditionally used in interior decorative wall decoration, Joe began to develop a highly individual approach to his art, one which combines centuries-old techniques with a modern eye.”
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One to Watch.
“One to watch: Joe Morris is a deeply talented artist, working with Tadelakt to create compelling art which draws inspiration from nature, geometry and prehistory.”
Making a Mark with Something Completely New.
“Joe works with Tadelakt, a centuries old form of lime plaster originating from Morocco that he first encountered during a restoration project. Curious to explore the possibilities of using this medium creatively, Joe has made his mark on the contemporary art scene with something completely new. He applies the Tadelakt with a plasterer's trowel, burnishing it with a polishing stone to achieve a smooth, solid finish. This process of transformation from powder, to fluid to 'stone' leaves tiny fissures and cracks naturally. I am especially mesmorised by the piece entitled 'Substrata Two' which depicts the sacred geometry of the Flower of Life motif and I can certainly appreciate why Joe's work has been described as having the ability to draw the viewer into a space of contemplation, stillness and quiet. ”