Orchard” - The Giraffe Series
ceramic artist Amy Morgan first moved to the Central Valley of
California she felt misplaced, a stranger in a flat land hemmed in by
distant mountains. She
missed her life of teaching and making art, interrupted by her change of
environment and, with the birth of her first child, by a growing family.
giraffe appeared right away in her work, reflecting her feelings of
awkwardness and displacement, feelings akin to those she imagines are
felt by zoo creatures, stared at by a population unable to fully
understand their exotic ways.
Fresno felt small to her at
first, but the surrounding orchards soon delighted her.
She marveled at their controlled growth and the changes that each
season brought. She began
to draw parallels between the cycles of the orchards and humanity, and
was startled to realize how viscerally her soul reacted to this
universal metaphor. As each
year passed, she became more aware of the orchards’ moods.
titles such as “Stunted”, “Budding”, “Wilted”, and
“Graft”, her giraffe series reflects a whimsical, sometimes
disturbing look at our own distorted moods.
Who hasn’t felt stunted, or wilted, or wished for a
rejuvenating graft? Through
these pieces she hopes to remind people to appreciate their own
landscapes and to see themselves as part of a cyclical dance within
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