For Immediate Release
February 12, 2021
Lyceum Gallery Presents On-line Photography Exhibit by Christine Morro
Journey: Travels North, an on-line exhibit of black and white photography by Christine Morro will be presented by Suffolk County Community College’s Lyceum Gallery. The exhibit includes images from Morro’s experiences in four northern regions: North Jutland, Denmark; The Isle of Lewis, Scotland; Faroe Islands, Denmark and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Describing herself as a “Creative Ritualist,” Morro’s artistic process is a form of meditation. Each year Morro travels north on a pilgrimage, connecting to the land for a spiritual grounding. Morro encounters unfolding imagery, discovering sacred qualities in what some might consider ordinary.
Walking. Sensing. Exploring.
Listening to an inner compass, the artist is drawn to light on water, rock formations, and textures of sand and grasses. Working in photography and poetry, Morro has narrated her virtual exhibit with her original writing. With an emphasis in the artistic process, Journey: Travels North is the physical evidence of Morro’s creative ritual.
Morro describes her artistic process:
“The 17th century poet Matsuo Basho wrote Narrow Road to the Deep North. It is a book I turn to again and again. In the Narrow Road fragments of prose and haiku trace Basho’s last journey, a kind of pilgrimage. Bearing witness, the traveler and poet draws on the tradition of diary and travel writing. This style became known as Haibun, braiding external images observed enroute and the internal images that move through the traveler’s mind. I have tried to honor the same tradition in Journey: Travels North.”
Originally from Northport, Morro lived in Sag Harbor for the past 11 years and currently resides on Nantucket Island in the village of Sconset.
Morro earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Design and International Marketing with a minor in Spanish from the Fashion Institute of Technology and studied painting at the Art Students League (1987 – 1991) where she worked under renowned figurative painter, Harvey Dinnerstein. Morro was awarded a four-week painting fellowship at the Vermont Studio School in 1998.
Morro’s photographs, paintings, and monoprints are in collections in the United States, Denmark, England, and Spain and she has exhibited her work throughout the east end of Long Island, in New York City and at the Cheekwood Fine Arts Center in Nashville.
Morro teaches a writing workshop which she calls, Creating As Ritual and has taught at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School and at Hunter College High School.
For more information about Christine Morro’s work visit: https://forthetimebeing.weebly.com/
Morro’s writing and other works:
- Humans and Nature
Morro writes about the Poqueira Valley of Capileira in Spain: https://www.humansandnature.org/walking-the-mountain
- Morro’s work in Spain
- Morro is currently working on a book of poetry, Earth’s Vespers. Morro’s poetry appeared in the spring 2020 publication of the Corbel Stone Press: https://www.corbelstonepress.com/product-page/reliquiae-vol-8-no-1
- Morro’s writing can be found in The Land Lines Project.