Julia Morison

Headcase 03

Artwork Detail

Julia Morison's visceral ceramic heads were based on a wooden wig block, which served as the mould. Here, eyes, noses and mouths are distorted into spikes and holes, while teeth hang from wire tethers. The heads rusted and craquelured surfaces appear like patinas achieved through wear and age.

'Headcase 24', with its suckers and fleshy tones, looks more sensitive than the rusted lattice covered, and spiky, 'Headcase 15'. The works reveal Morison's ongoing interest in surface, beauty and mystery, combined with the stylistic references of Rococo, Surrealism and Dada, and can be likened to the Surrealist head Specter of the Gardenia 1936, by Marcel Jean, or to Henry Moore's helmets.

Headcase 03
Julia Morison
Production date
glazed stoneware and porcelain, wire
295 x 200 x 215 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2015
Accession no
Other ID
9817 Catalogue Number
Copying restrictions apply
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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