Alexia Morgan

Patterson, NJ
Visual Communication Design and Printmaking
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Hi, my name is Alexia Morgan. I’m a relief printmaker from New Jersey. My specialty is portraits. I hold special interest in societal satire and portraying the viewpoints of minority groups.

Visual Communication Design Portfolio

Printmaking Portfolio

Love, attraction, and desire are running themes throughout history. Sparking wars, inspiring sonnets, and destroying people, sometimes kingdoms. The Greeks were so fascinated with the idea of love. They gave it five names: Eros, Mania, Agape, Philia, Storge. For them, love had many different meanings. There’s Agape unconditional love of one’s fellow humans. Philia the platonic love of one’s friends. Storge love of family. Mania is an uncontrollable love similar to madness. And last but not least Eros of these four Eros is the most well-known. It is a passionate love for romantic or sexual partners. Unlike today, where love is mostly assigned to a romantic partner or family member. In my work, love themes are translated into modern depictions of Ancient love tropes. In current contemporary art, there are few depictions of non-romantic relationships. The romantic relationships depicted are often one-sided and from a masculine point of view. In the history of art practice, love between other races and sexual identities have often been ignored. I hope through my work to give light to the other important relationships that are taken for granted, by the media and society at large.

I am inspired by the symbolic use of figures in the Italian renaissance; along with the work of artist Corita Kent. Kent’s work used images from pop culture and scripture from the bible. Kent makes dark and complex themes appear bright and colorful. Printmaking has been the medium of free thought for hundreds of years. Before reading was common practice prints were used as a way to convey complex themes to an illiterate public. It served as the voice of the revolution. Kent used her prints to protest the Vietnam war. The ability to make multiple copies is also appealing as a cheap means of production. Speaking of Production, in my process I tend to take reference photos first. I pin them to the walls of my room and use a Wayfinder to view my image’s in interesting compositions. Love is a complex emotion that differs from person to person. The topic can be heavy and multilayered that’s why printmaking is perfect. Prints can express complex themes while remaining visually engaging and it has a history of voicing the opinion of oppressed people. It has a cheap production cost; and is easy to get into. I want to take a timeless concept and adapt it for a new age.

Melt with You
Relief
11×14 in.
Based on one of the five Greek loves. This Piece showcases the act losing oneself in love and becoming something new.
All That Glitters
Relief
11×14 in.
Based on one of the five Greek loves. ThisPieceshowcases the danger of a love based solely off looks.
Black Magic
Relief
11×14 in.
Based on one of the five Greek loves. This Piece showcases the danger of a love based solely off looks.
Homeward Bound
Relief
11×14 in.
Based on one of the five Greek loves. This Piece showcases the intense calling of divine love.
Ophelia Reborn
Relief
11×14 in.
Based on one of the five Greek loves. This Piece showcases the dangers of loving without limit.
Watcher
Relief
11×14 in.
Based on one of the five Greek loves. This Piece showcases the danger of being so lost in love. That you slowly fade until only the obsession is left.
Home to Me
Relief
11×14 in.
Based on one of the five Greek loves. This piece showcases the love for one’s family and the place they call home.
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