The exhibition captured the artist's singular vision of the world in an exhibition ranging across materials and mediums, though always displaying an affinity to the beauty of the found object – “the ready-made”.
Playing with found objects and exploring their potential for the communication of ideas, Morton examines the preoccupation of contemporary society with our emotional landscape. Though her work is often playful and quirky, on closer inspection you will see reflected darker subplots, with such themes as displacement and alienation, estrangement and exploitation. Morton tackles challenging concepts - such as the meaning and meaninglessness of labels when considering gender and identity – through to playful ideas drawn from fairytale visions from childhood.
Hilary Morton explains her approach, “This work is an attempt to present concepts from a viewpoint that pays homage to artistic philosophies, such as the Theatre of The Absurd, and in particular Pataphysics (the science of imaginary solutions) & DADAism (expressions of nonsense & irrationality).”
Patricia Spokes, Project Co-Ordinator at Artlink, comments “We are so happy to be able to show the breadth of Hilary Morton’s work here at the Saldanha Suite Gallery. It truly is an exhibition that at one and the same time intrigues, disturbs and delights.”