This exhibition is the artist’s most autobiographical to date. It focuses on the theme of loneliness, or more explicitly how hiding in one’s imagination is the only way to escape the mundane despair of modern existence.
The idea for this body of work was born one Tuesday in March, when Morrison was wandering about Westfield shopping centre. He noticed a small twelve-year-old girl sat all alone. Every thirty seconds, she would completely transform from a bored, shy creature into the embodiment of joyous confidence. Raising her phone, she would then take a selfie before quickly turning back into the quiet, timid figure.
Morrison found this scene totally captivating. Nowadays, we exist in a world where little girls are not allowed to be solitary, even when they’re technically alone. We must all cultivate and project a very particular version of ourselves to the wider world: those personas that we share are never meant to be bored, lonely or depressed.
Morrison explores the young girl’s feeling of isolation and anxiety, while also analysing his own relationship with solitude. This relationship is a conflicted one; while he perceives such loneliness as a great tragedy, he must himself lead a rather separate existence in order to paint pictures. In this sense, the exhibition also aims to find some hope in isolation.