Paula Morison ‘Wildfire (01.05.14 - 20.03.18)’, 2018
A digitally-printed, 72-page newspaper containing four years' worth of collected news stories about wildfires, 38 x 28.9 x 0.5 cm
Paula Morison is a conceptual artist working in a variety of media. Her practice is broadly
focused on how we, as humans, try to order the world around us. She looks at the systems
people create and the behaviours we exhibit that help us exert perceived control over our
existence. Measuring, recording, naming and categorising are all ways which we try to create
this order. We save things and preserve them for posterity. We archive things for the future.
We believe in religions that promise us eternal life or reincarnation. We search for answers
through stories and through science. In her research she often starts with the personal.
She examines how she interact with the systems around her and bring this personal
experience into dialogue with wider conversations about the human-mediated world.
This area of study has led to an interest in quantitative rather than qualitative information.
She is fascinated with data, numbers and dates, and time is very important to me. Paula
is however also interested in the poetic and the whimsical, chance and coincidence, and
she mixes these differing approaches together to various degrees in her work.
About the work:
“Wildfire (01.05.14 - 20.03.18)” is a digitally-printed, 72-page newspaper containing four years' worth of collected news stories about wildfires. For over 5 years now I have been collecting what I deem to be apocalyptic events out of the newspapers, organising them into different categories and making them back into newspapers. This is the first edition I have made and it focuses on Wildfire. The articles were taken from The Metro and The Evening Standard during the dates specified in the title (01.05.14 - 20.03.18). Articles are ordered in by the placing and page number of the articles in the original newspapers. This work references climate change (and associated events) and focuses at how we, as individuals in the UK, may relate to these happenings on a daily basis. It looks at how the news is presented in contemporary Britain, examines the hierarchies of worth demonstrated in these publications and seeks to distill the fear these news stories instill in us.
Social Media: @paulamorison