On the 4th December, we had a talk by AA2A artist Morgan Tipping who is currently on residence at the University of Bedfordshire. Her talk was called Bathos not Pathos.
Morgan studied at Central St Martins in London before going on to a residency in teaching and making art in India. During her residency she found and collected bits and bobs that she painted on along with this she looked at the reaction of crowds in disasters and compared it to London’s Oxford Street where people run across four lanes of traffic to get to Primark.
She then took on a residency in Slovenia where she explored how she was never good at maths through geometric patterns and accuracy taking on a more modernist theme. For her this was a more serious subject of discovery. This project led on to a piece called “This is Sublime” which involved a series of plaster coins which she placed around the history centre in Škofja Loka. The coins matched the renaissance style of the building and had statements on them. I later learnt that her piece was inspired by Jean Francois Lyotard’s ideas on Kant’ sublime which Morgan had interpreted humorously.
The next piece we discovered was a video piece in which she collaborated with another artist. They had a big piece of paper and a series of lights and with these tools and a piece of charcoal they attempted to draw each others shadows.
The piece Love’s Limit shows the inflating of a condom by Morgan which when at full capacity the video is playing in reverse. Her aim is to show how quickly we fall in love and then it becomes cloudy and unclear before deflating. Doing further research about this piece I have found out the condom is a metaphor for an erection, it endure for the duration of the film and acknowledges that everything is temporal.
We watched a piece called Crocodile Tears. This piece did not include Morgan as part of the movie but solely as the producer. She created a box with a head shaped hole in it and at the bottom of the box she placed a lot of chopped onions and a camera. People took turns looking in the box into the camera and trying to keep their heads in along as possible. This video played with the music Casta Diva. The people who looked in the box had a mixture of emotions in their eyes because the situation was humorous.
George makes progress on the farm is another video piece this time centred around playing with stereotypes. In the short film, Morgan drives a tractor through a field in reverse, here she takes on the stereotype that women can not reverse.
One of her main practices is the study of Bathos and “how attempting to standardise or contain the unpredictable, emotional or chaotic becomes ridiculous.” This is highlighted in her next video where someone continuously pulls a chair from behind her and each time she falls to the ground.
In her last piece she has created a character Charlene Chaplin looks at the themes of social housing and community and equality. Inspired by Charlie Chaplin, Charlene is a pregnant women who carries around her tent wherever she goes. Her tent is her shelter as well as a piece of her clothing. The video piece also uses comedy which shows us contemporary issues. The video is called “Wherever I lay my hat”.
I really appreciated Morgan’s work, I thought her use of comedy especially in the video Charlene Chaplin was intriguing and highlighted a lot of deeper issues. She has some very exciting idea in terms of art pieces and some of them although simple are very funny! I thought her travelling and the pieces she made whilst travelling are well informed and its exciting to hear the stories about how the pieces came about and how she was influenced by her surroundings.
Source all other images : http://www.morgantipping.co.uk