The Essex County Artist Fund is Essex County Community Foundation’s response to the immediate and everyday needs of artists to be supported and lifted up across the county and across sectors. At ECCF, our philosophy is to build a creative ecosystem focused on awareness and appreciation for arts and culture, capacity building, collaboration, and cultural planning. Individual artists and arts/culture organizations are key to this network. www.eccf.org/creative-county.
Artist Name: Morgan Dyer – Gloucester
Learn more: morgandyer.com @morganrdyer
Creative Practice: For the past two years I’ve sustained a living off of large and small abstract paintings, and teaching one-on-one lessons with students and the disabled. My studio in downtown Beverly has allowed me to work hard towards art shows, apply and attend artist residencies and helped provide an atmosphere to grow in the community by teaching workshops and organizing conversations. As Co-chair of the Beverly Cultural Council, I’ve loved playing a role in voting for artist grants to those who want to better shape the space we live in and to expose our community with interactive art. I’ve felt extremely thankful for my work space and trust in the community that I work with and who support me.
Artist Statement: The motivation of my work is rooted in painting yet is beginning to span performance, installation and photography. Large abstract paintings are comprised of pools of paint that are layered over and over again ending in ribbons of color and texture intertwined to achieve a flowing color field. Photographs of these interactions on the canvas during the process is explored and more recently, final paintings can be seen captured in landscape to represent a release of identity within the landscape itself. I think these works have connected deeply with my community because of it’s direct connection to the surrounding landscape, memory and nostalgia. It generally forms a conversation around conservation of our oceans, and taking care of our landscape and an ode to experiencing quiet, personal moments within our surroundings. Paintings can be seen in downtown Beverly at local store Good Neighbor and Field House which is just a 2 minute walk from my Studio, and oftentimes visitors show up in my community studio space at 222 Cabot because of the introduction to my work at the local shops.
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