Morrison title each of his paintings based on the total of lotus embossed stamps on each piece, and includes the exact number as part of his artist’s signature.
His lotus works may easily consist of a minimum of 10,000 lotus stalk impressions, and more. incorporating these elements of counting into the lotus art. The result looks a bit like the bespoke marks of an haute couturier’s pattern, which again is fitting as Morrison began my career designing and sewing clothes in Australia and selling them at local markets.
Here is a time line of his lotus art.
The first work that I had made, signed and numbered. Prior to this I was counting the impression, but I was not signing the counts.
AMANSARA – Morrisons first exhibition
Morrison’s exhibition at Amansara Seam Reap was in the former residence of HRH King Norodom Sihanouk. It consisted of a total of 63,213 lotus marks.
In the library hangs a triptych of three vertical paintings. Each portrays two vertical lines of varying depths of darkness graduating from the base to the top, thus reflecting how a lotus flower grows. Each stamp is unique, as the paper absorbs and tones of each lotus marking. Fittingly, with each line complementing the next, the painting emerges like a lotus flowers from which it was made.
A fourth piece, hanging separately, reflects the Sangkae river flowing past my home in Battambang. It is my impression of its waters flowing into the Tonlé Sap. What also inspires me are the classic Khmer songs written about the river.
400,000 lotus impressions
Three river delta #5 with 5228
Serindia Gallery Bangkok
148913 lotus impressions
450,000 lotus impressions
reached a total of half a million lotus impressions, 500,000
A single painting entitled Decade with 5724 lotus impressions
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra
First, International artist award.
Art For Life, Chicago
I made a single painting of 5 lotus impressions
Left Cambodia and moved back to Australia
Total count, 578,217
I made a cube, of 249 lotus impressions
After three weeks in Thailand and Cambodia I reached a total accumulative count of 650,202 lotus impressions.
My goal of 5,000,005 lotus impression update. ETA 119 year’s
with a large lotus ink stone, four works made at Shoulder To Shoulder, Pinnaroo SA