Morris Fairchild

Artist Statement

Sticks and stones can build a community but words can tear it apart. My work seeks to deconstruct some of the deepest ingrained social norms which perpetuate long-held power structures. I explore the use of language in oppression. In the "But Words" series bright, typographic, ad-inspired digital print boldly and carelessly pose microagressions while underlying "whispers" are pressed deeply into the pulp of the paper using letterpress; these deeper meanings are the felt but often unseen scars of language. The ease of language of oppression, effortless, bold, careless and cheap vs. deep tissue impact of meaning- trivialized, small and hushed.

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