Joe Morris is a North Cornwall-based artist, working with Tadelakt to create compelling art which draws upon a fascination with pattern & landscape. One to watch: Joe's work is available directly from the studio and by commission, via Art Eye
JOE MORRIS loves working with ‘Tadelakt’ - a centuries-old form of lime plaster - to create compelling contemporary art. Tadelakt originates from Morocco and is traditionally used as a wall covering. However, Joe has developed an innovative technique of capturing his art within the material process - from powder, to fluid, to ‘stone’ - in order to create subtle and enigmatic compositions.
The power of Joe’s minimalist designs within the surface makes these works appear ‘timeless’; an effect which is compounded by the tiny fissures and cracks which occur naturally. Joe’s mark-making is honest and spare: cutting, carving and colouring simple lines and geometric shapes, to form what he describes as 'glimpses of landscape’. During the process, a hard, stone-like surface is produced by burnishing the plaster with a polishing stone, by hand. Wax is applied when the image-making is finished, and the surface is finely polished once again, to achieve a lustrous sheen.
I find the process magical and alchemic, you start with a white powder and turn it into a beautiful, solid, colourful, shining object. The tiny fissures and cracks which occur only add to the appeal of the material
Joe Morris, Artist
There is something very elemental, and beautifully visceral within Joe’s art, which draws upon his fascination with the Cornish landscape and it’s ancient history. Joe makes visual reference in his work to ancient megalithic monuments and earthworks - for example, the pure geometry of stone circles such as the Merry Maidens and Boscawen Un in West Cornwall. Joe also observes beauty in unexpected places; modern-day interventions like pylons and telegraph cables, become clean, seductive slices through the Tadelakt ‘canvas’.
Speaking with Joe, he also mentions the influence of music and rhythms, philosophy, geometry and natural patterns: all of these are communicated, beguilingly, through his work. Time and time again, he returns to visual references in subtly different ways; a clever technique which makes the viewer look again at the world around them, but much closer. As Joe explains;
Many of these works are an attempt to capture the essential elements of nature… The aim is to make quiet, contemplative art which will connect with people at a deep, universal level
Joe Morris, Artist
Joe began working with Art Eye in 2015, and we look forward to many more projects together. His art features in the St Aubyn Estate collection, curated by Art Eye, commissioned as part of the Godolphin Arms Hotel & Sail Loft Restaurant art schemes (see our portfolio for further details).