Human Form as Domestic Space
Habitation studies our engagement with domestic space through portraiture that manipulates the human form: body as domestic architecture.
Photographs of the human form are abstracted into discrete portions, stretched, contorted and multiplied to produce a series of multi-layered, decorative patterned digital images. This pictorial data is output and transmuted on three different media: as digitally printed decals with glaze inks baked onto ceramic tile, as printed wallpaper sheets and as a continuous strip of wallpaper frieze.
Habitation celebrates portraiture and the body as domestic architecture.
Hearth is a multimedia installation project that explores perceptions of simulation, surveillance and the nature of the home in public and private space. Hearth reflects a basic reality (flickering media as the focus for family life) and the absence of a basic reality (the fire as the focus of family life). Like the photographic portrait, Hearth represents a moment in the life of a fire, seen over and over again.
Volunteers enter into a custodial contract to use and respond to Hearth in domestic settings and public spaces, and to record these experiences as part of an evolutionary project. The artist documents these experiences in a photographic portrait.
Since the first installation of Hearth in New York (2000), the work has been installed in 15 domestic environments in the USA, Australia and Germany. Hearth has also been exhibited at galleries in New York, Tokyo and Australia. For more information, visit www.hearth.tv
Trevor Lloyd Morganb, born 1969, is an Australian artist living in Berlin, Germany.
He completed a Masters degree in Fine Arts at RMIT University while attending New York University’s MA Studio program in 2003, after 12 years as a commercial photographer and digital imaging specialist. He is now undertaking doctoral studies at the School of Creative Media, RMIT University.
Morgan primarily uses video, still photography and digital imaging to create installation projects that explore dis/location, simulation, surveillance, habitation, liminality, space and place. For more information, see www.trevormorgan.info