Valkarie Gallery in Lakewood is hosting a new exhibition from local artists Megan Morgan and Jennifer Ghormley this month called “Tomorrow.”
The collaboration will bring not just the tones, but the physicality of soil and earth together with all the water, air and clouds that exist above it.
“Part of the inspiration for the idea of ‘Tomorrow’ is this kind of awareness right now of our footprint on the Earth and how we’re a part of nature, but are we helping it or are we destroying it,” Ghormley said. “For me, I’m thinking of water. If it runs out, then what happens?”
Contrasting will be Morgan’s textures of real soil and burlap, a reminder of gardens and fruits of the Earth.
“That’s kind of the catalyst for my ‘Tomorrow’ series,” she said. “All the time that I spend in my garden and all the little interactions of it, and kind of taking that and seeing the parallels of problems I have, and problems in the world.”
“All of my gardens are like my goldfish,” she said, but it helps her through the winter months.
Morgan, a resident artist at the gallery, had thought of Ghormley first as someone she wanted to collaborate with. While they’ve mostly collaborated in concept together, not as much with physical pieces, they both hope the art will speak for itself and the similar messages between them will link the art in the audience’s minds.
“It’s not direct, no one is going to walk in and be like, ‘OK, weather over here and garden over here,’” Ghormley said. “As artists, we put all this thought and energy and words and talking into our work, and then we hang it and hold back and hold our breath.”
“We hope that someone sees this or that, but I’ve been learning a lot more that it’s better to shut up and have someone else walk up to your artwork and talk about themselves, and what they see in it,” Morgan said.
Morgan will also be teaching gelatin printmaking at the gallery from 1-4 p.m. on Feb. 11, 18, 25 and March 4.
The exhibit’s opening reception is from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 10.