© 2019 Windows on Main Street. All images © the Artist.

MORGAN WELLS

My art is an open visual window. Keeping my art as a visual window creates openness for thought and interpretation. I create my work so my audience can help see the connections between seemingly unrelated things, to visualize stories with pictures, see harmony from discord, and look deeply into patterns. My work communicates in a visual language. It builds windows into other worlds, allowing the viewer to see my vision. It requires the judicious use of line, form, color, and texture. An artist once helped me view the world as it is, as it should be, and as it never was. I want to do the same for my viewers. Art making requires you to think conceptually. It demands a genius of making something from nothing.

 

Creating something from nothing is the most important part, but it is also the most difficult part, which is where most artist’s struggle. An open mind is an essential aspect of seeing an artist’s work through their eyes. The interesting connections the audience draws for my work makes me feel appreciated and satisfied.

 

The work of mine displayed in the windows of the Sanctuary consist of many different mediums. As a mixed medium artist I decided to display one of my favorites which is, The art of papermaking. A little background information on paper making: The art, science, and technology of papermaking addresses the methods, equipment, and materials used to make paper, these being used widely for printing, writing, and packaging, among many other purposes and useful products. Today almost all paper is manufactured using industrial machinery, while handmade paper survives as a specialized craft and a medium for artistic expression.

 

In papermaking, a dilute suspension consisting mostly of separate cellulose fibres in water is drained through a sieve-like screen, so that a mat of randomly interwoven fibres is laid down. Water is further removed from this sheet by pressing, sometimes aided by suction or vacuum, or heating. Once dry, a generally flat, uniform and strong sheet of paper is achieved.

 

Before the invention and current widespread adoption of automated machinery, all paper was made by hand, formed or laid one sheet at a time by specialized laborers. Even today those who make paper by hand use tools and technologies quite similar to those existing hundreds of years ago, as originally developed in China and Asia, or those further modified in Europe. Handmade paper is still appreciated for its distinctive uniqueness and the skilled craft involved in making each sheet, in contrast with the higher degree of uniformity and perfection at lower prices achieved among industrial products!

 

Specific Fibers used in my work displayed in the windows: Cotton, Avaca, Gampi, Kosovo and Kenaf. Many of these fibers come from plants in the Philippines or Plants from Japan and China!

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FUN FACTS

Favorite Artist?

This is such a tough question but I would have to pick Louise Bourgeois.

 

Left or Right?

Right because I am right handed!

 

Coffee or Tea?

Tea! Call me crazy but I have never had a cup of coffee in my life!

 

Favorite medium to work in?

Also a tough question but oil paints, paper and woodblock printing.

 

What do you think your spirit animal is?

A deer - highly sensitive and have a strong intuition. By affinity with this animal, you have the power to deal with challenges with grace. You master the art of being both determined and gentle in your approach. The deer totem wisdom imparts those with a special connection with this animal with the ability to be vigilant, move quickly, and trust their instincts to get out the trickiest situations.

 

Favorite food?

Cheese

 

Favorite cocktail?

Moscow Mule

 

Best childhood memory?

Playing in the snow making a snow turtle

 

Favorite vacation spot?

Japan/Ireland

 

What cartoon character would you be?

Maggie from Maggie and the Ferocious Beast

 

Favorite movie?

Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson Movie!

 

If you had to spend a night in jail who would you want to spend it with?

Einstein

 

Most influential work of art?

This is such a hard question but Lothar Osterburg “Return to the Tower” mixed media, Photogravure and Printmaking!