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KRISTEN MORGIN

Kristen Morgin

Kristen Morgin, whose work is formed with a mixture of clay, glue, cement and other media, comes from a ceramic background but goes far beyond traditional uses of the medium.  Her sculptures have an affinity to the constructions of George Herms, Edward Keinholz, and Michael McMillen, but evoke relics of contemporary culture that may have been buried and unearthed at a later date. Toys, books, comics and other objects are rendered true to scale in unfired clay and hearken back to the artist’s childhood. Corroding surfaces evoke mortality, decay and the passage of time. Eccentric narratives and playful juxtapositions come together to form new objects with unexpected connotations. 

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Cello #1, 2004

Cello #1, 2004

Unfired clay, wood and wire

62 x 21 x 28 inches

$65,000

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Mighty Mouse, 2006

Mighty Mouse, 2006

Unfired clay, wood and paint

43 x 16 x 16 inches

$28,000

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Apollo Creed, 2013

Apollo Creed, 2013

Unfired clay, paint, push pin, roofing tacks and ink

7 x 3 x 1 inches

$4,000

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The Bradys (Left to Right, Top to Bottom) Marcia, Carol, Greg, Jan, Alice Nelson, Peter, Cindy, Mike, Bobby, 2015

The Bradys (Left to Right) Marcia, Carol, Greg, Jan, Alice Nelson, Peter, Cindy, Mike, Bobby, 2015

Unfired clay, paint, ink, graphite, ballpoint pen and marker

40 1/2 x 39 1/2 x 1/4 inches

$38,000

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Composition with Domestic Dispute and Small Children, 2017

Composition with Domestic Dispute and Small Children, 2017

Unfired clay, wood, paint and ink

7 7/8 x 7 3/4 x 5 inches

$15,000

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Good Night Richard Rabbit, 2017

Good Night Richard Rabbit, 2017

Unfired clay, paint and ink

5 9/16 x 3 7/8 x 1/4 inches

$4,800

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The Shoot Out, 2017

The Shoot Out, 2017

Unfired clay, paint, ink, graphite, marker and wood

47 x 36 x 8 1/2 inches

$36,000

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Still Life with Woodpecker and Janet Leigh, 2017

Still Life with Woodpecker and Janet Leigh, 2017

Unfired clay, paint and ink

23 x 8 x 9 inches

$17,000

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Ghost in the Mouse, 2017

Ghost in the Mouse, 2017

Unfired clay, paint and ink

15 x 8 x 3 1/2 inches

$12,000

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, 2018

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, 2018

Unfired clay, paint and ink

7 x 4 3/8 x 1/2 inches

$6,200

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Popeye Puppet, 2018

Popeye Puppet, 2018

Unfired clay, paint, ink, string and wood

16 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches

$9,500

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They Met In Zanzibar, 2018

They Met In Zanzibar, 2018

Unfired clay, paint and ink

6 7/8 x 4 3/8 x 3/8 inches

$6,000

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Cello #1, 2004

Cello #1, 2004

Unfired clay, wood and wire

62 x 21 x 28 inches

$65,000

Mighty Mouse, 2006

Mighty Mouse, 2006

Unfired clay, wood and paint

43 x 16 x 16 inches

$28,000

Apollo Creed, 2013

Apollo Creed, 2013

Unfired clay, paint, push pin, roofing tacks and ink

7 x 3 x 1 inches

$4,000

The Bradys (Left to Right, Top to Bottom) Marcia, Carol, Greg, Jan, Alice Nelson, Peter, Cindy, Mike, Bobby, 2015

The Bradys (Left to Right) Marcia, Carol, Greg, Jan, Alice Nelson, Peter, Cindy, Mike, Bobby, 2015

Unfired clay, paint, ink, graphite, ballpoint pen and marker

40 1/2 x 39 1/2 x 1/4 inches

$38,000

Composition with Domestic Dispute and Small Children, 2017

Composition with Domestic Dispute and Small Children, 2017

Unfired clay, wood, paint and ink

7 7/8 x 7 3/4 x 5 inches

$15,000

Good Night Richard Rabbit, 2017

Good Night Richard Rabbit, 2017

Unfired clay, paint and ink

5 9/16 x 3 7/8 x 1/4 inches

$4,800

The Shoot Out, 2017

The Shoot Out, 2017

Unfired clay, paint, ink, graphite, marker and wood

47 x 36 x 8 1/2 inches

$36,000

Still Life with Woodpecker and Janet Leigh, 2017

Still Life with Woodpecker and Janet Leigh, 2017

Unfired clay, paint and ink

23 x 8 x 9 inches

$17,000

Ghost in the Mouse, 2017

Ghost in the Mouse, 2017

Unfired clay, paint and ink

15 x 8 x 3 1/2 inches

$12,000

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, 2018

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, 2018

Unfired clay, paint and ink

7 x 4 3/8 x 1/2 inches

$6,200

Popeye Puppet, 2018

Popeye Puppet, 2018

Unfired clay, paint, ink, string and wood

16 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches

$9,500

They Met In Zanzibar, 2018

They Met In Zanzibar, 2018

Unfired clay, paint and ink

6 7/8 x 4 3/8 x 3/8 inches

$6,000

As Morgin states: "My works are delicate things that express the preciousness, nobility and stubborn-headedness of matter that resists its own inevitable demise in spite of its dilapidated condition and predestined downfall."

In The Bradys (Left to Right, Top to Bottom), 2015, for example, Brady Bunch characters are re-imagined through the faces of Neil Diamond, Cher, Doris Day and Madonna in a wall mounted tableaux of nine artist rendered record albums.  The worn edges of a personal record collection and classic pop icons adorned with hand-painted cartoon stickers evoke nostalgia in the viewer. In Still Life with Woodpecker and Janet Leigh, 2017, a child’s toy guitar is paired with a famous Hitchcock scene to create an unsettling and dramatic juxtaposition.

Morgin was born in 1968 in Brunswick, Georgia. She completed her BA at California State University, Hayward, and her MFA at Alfred University. Morgin’s work is in the permanent collections of institutions such as Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hammer Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, and The Rubell Family Collection.  Her work has been included in exhibitions such as The Thing (Hammer Museum, Los Angeles), Monumental (New Museum, New York) and the Istanbul Biennial, curated by Jens Hoffman.  She lives and works in Los Angeles.