Looking: Erin Morrison

04 Apr

When he was a kid, my dad always wanted to be a doctor. Life and circumstance meant that this didn’t eventuate, yet he always delighted in having to perform small medical procedures in his role as a father – such as applying antiseptic to skinned knees, or removing sutures or wobbly teeth.

Erin Morrison had a similar experience. She grew up wanting to be a medical illustrator, however her lack of patience for study meant that she never did gain the technical skills to “memorize every portion of a frog’s entrails”. So instead she became an artist. And like my dad, Morrison was able to realise her childhood dream in her adult reality.

The amusingly named $2300 / 1BR, 1B LUXURY, STEAM ROOM, CITY VIEWS! Brooklyn, NY (above) is a prime example. The work explores the complexity of ‘urban ecosystems’, such as the sprawling, hissing subway system that lives beneath the mean streets of Brooklyn.

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Posted by on April 4, 2009 in art, contemporary, illustration, looking


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