Elissa Morley grew up on the Space Coast of Florida and attended Asbury University and the Slade School of Fine Art in London, England. She has lived in Lexington for several years, teaching at Georgetown College, Eastern Kentucky University and Asbury University. She is also a recipient of a 2009 Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant. She has work in a number of private collections and has exhibited internationally.
Delights: Bathing In Another World
by Elissa Morley
Ritual bathing as a symbol of purification is found in almost every culture across the world. What is it about the human psyche that requires this action?
And not simply the action, but a ceremonial place for this action to be performed?
My work reveals places of spiritual rest, renewal and purification, many of which contain elements of water alongside natural and architectural forms.
Pools, fountains, ponds, baths, and even the ocean within the landscape have the sense of existing expressly for ritual purposes.
They, alongside bridges, gardens, geodesic forms and colonnades become metaphors for spiritual relationships, transformation and growth.
The suspended wing forms emerge from this realm assisting the viewer toward wholeness. They are helpers that lead the viewer into a place that brings about purification of the soul. May you allow yourself to enter into these places of healing and transformation.
May you enter into these places of tranquility and rest.
To create a soft, delicate glow I employ translucent materials such as watercolor on layered tracing paper, creating a similar soft, fragile appearance. Small intimate works have lead me to make wax paintings, short films and larger human-scale drawing and painting installations, but I return again and again to drawing and the two-dimensional surface. It is essential.
P.G.C.E. 2004 (Postgraduate Certification in Education), Secondary Art Goldsmiths College, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6AH England
M. F. A. 2001 Painting, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, London WC1E 6BT England
B. A. 1998 Art, Minor in English, Asbury University, Wilmore, Kentucky 40390 (Cum Laude)
2015, Delights: Bathing in Another World, Ann Tower Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky
2012, Foyer Design, University of Louisville Dental School, Kentucky
2011, Fountain: A Place for Tears, Lexington Art League, Kentucky
2010-2011, Vision: Things That Fly, Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
2008, Recent Work by Elissa Morley, Asbury College Art Gallery, Wilmore, Kentucky
2008, Horizon, Unit Two Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky
2006, Mystical Utopia, Cochenour Gallery, Georgetown, Kentucky
2006, Tuska Center of Contemporary Art, Lexington, Kentucky
2001, The Young Artists Exhibition, Mary Ogilvie Gallery, St. Anne’s College, Oxford, England
2016, The University of San Antonio Art Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, (forthcoming)
2015, Here and Now, The Lexington Art League, Lexington, Kentucky
2015, Meet the Art Department, Asbury University, Wilmore, Kentucky
2015, Illumined Ground: Contemporary Landscapes, Lexington, Kentucky
2013, Tributaries, Asbury University, Wilmore, Kentucky
2012, New Beginnings, Asbury University, Wilmore, Kentucky
2011, Validated, Mary Rezny Photography Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky
2010, Alternate Selves, Lexington Art League, Lexington, Kentucky
2010, Drawing On, Tuska Center for Contemporary Art, Lexington, Kentucky
2006-2009, Frankfort Center of Education, Frankfort, Kentucky
2009, Freedom, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky
2008, Anonymne, Drawing Exhibition, Berlin, Germany
2007-2008, Faculty Biennial Exhibition, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky
2007, 50th Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art, Chautauqua, New York
2007, Generation Next, The Loudon House, LexArts, Lexington, Kentucky
2007, Everything’s New All the Time, Unit Two Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky
2007, The Artist Prepares, Georgetown College, Kentucky
2007, The Nude International, Lexington Art League, Kentucky
2006, Interspace, Georgetown College, Kentucky
2004-5, Foosaner Education Building, Brevard Museum of Art and Science, Eau Gallie, Florida
2003, Commission, Congressman David Weldon, Painting, Palm Bay, Florida
2002, Commission, Zion Christian Church, Vestment, Palm Bay, Florida
2001, The New Bloomsbury, Scarlet Maguire Gallery, London, England
2001, The Slade School of Fine Art Degree Show, London
2000, The Slade Postgraduate Interim Show, London
1999, Chautauqua School of Art Exhibition, New York
1999, The Nude, Lexington Art League, Kentucky
Work in Private Collection
Mrs. Cathy Ferrell, Indialantic, Florida
Gissings Limited, Moorgate, London, England
Mrs. Joy Holland, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Dr. Alison P. Newton, Washington D.C.
Ms. Carolyn Sesbeau, New York, New York
Dr. Tabitha Zimmerman, San Diego, California
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne, Cincinnati, Ohio
Dr. Jacob Affolter
Mr. and Mrs. Crone, Eerie, Pennsylvania