Heather & Ivan Morison
Born 1973 & 1974, Desborough, UK, & Istanbul, Turkey, respectively
Heather & Ivan Morison’s performative practice is based on activities as diverse as gardening, kite flying, tree fanaticism, anthropology, sky writing, and writing a science fiction novel.
Dark Star (2007), made for the Venice Biennale, is a slide-animation and sound installation that documents the artists’ search for the original nomadic groups of people who travelled through America in house-trucks made from felled timber. Whilst there, they gathered accounts from these New Age American Gypsies on their time spent building, travelling and living in their rolling homes.
This project forms part of the Morisons’ inquiry into the notion of the unknown, in which their ongoing investigation sees a mapping of history and the natural world come intriguingly close to alien intent. The resultant works both disturb and embody notions of beauty derived from nature, which is the primary focus of the artists’ body of work. Combining suggestions of UFOs and aliens with references to the first travellers who crossed the United States in timber house trucks, the works are examples of the manipulation of historical truth and fiction that is becoming a trademark of the Morisons’ work.
Based in Wales, the Morisons have exhibited throughout Europe, North America, China, and New Zealand. Examples of their work are held in Tate Britain, Manchester City Art Gallery, Harris Museum and Art Gallery (Lancashire), and Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum. Since 2002 they have received awards from the British Council, Arts Council England, European Regional Development Fund, the Hothaus Bursary (Birmingham), and the Go See Award (Birmingham).