ZSUZSI MORRISON

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1988, Zsuzsi Morrison has created individual and one off enamel pieces by hand.. Using traditional enamelling techniques to express modern concepts, her work has a distinct avant-garde personal language. Her pieces are in many private collections and exhibited in galleries and design shops in London, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, the USA and UK. Outlets include CAA and Brook Gallery. She also makes work to commission.

Artist's statement

I combine painting, reworked icons and marks, fine silver, 22ct gold and glass, through fire, to create modern relics.The processes and skills for producing enamel work are exacting, requiring technical expertise in design and construction of a piece, and also an understanding of chemistry and the exactitude of firing of enamel. In essence, enamelling is glass bonded to metal by the action of fire. Firing transforms the enamel and gives the whole process a feeling of alchemy. I use traditional techniques of enamelling in a contemporary context, and am fascinated by blurring the  boundaries between materials, styles, times and thinking, values and perceptions. 
Through the precision and complexity of the handmade object, I aim to balance opposing elements: the deliberate drawn quality of my lines in tension with the more fluid and unpredictable aspects of enamelling such as the subtle shifts and flow of colour emerging as it vitrifies, and by playing with and re-inventing symbols imbued with meaning for the modern wearer.  It is in the variability and eccentricities of making pieces in series that things become exciting. For me, the maker’s hand is implicit in and essential to each piece, in contrast to the erasure of the individual mark so prevalent in the digital age

Further Images

united state of love

united state of love

brooch

black heart

black heart

necklace

heartstar

heartstar

necklace


cross earrings

cross earrings

earrings

life love unity peace hope

life love unity peace hope

necklace

brooch

brooch


circle brooch

circle brooch

picture ring

picture ring

4 stars

4 stars


brooch

brooch

heal and mend

heal and mend

cross earrings

cross earrings


cufflinks

cufflinks

loved

loved

cufflinks

cufflinks


stars necklace

stars necklace

sacred heart necklace

sacred heart necklace

loved bangles

loved bangles


forget me not chain

forget me not chain

21 necklace

21 necklace

loved tag reverse

loved tag reverse


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