Living in a digital age can mean life passes us by in just a swipe of a screen. Making room for a little reflection is artist Morwenna Farrell whose focus on times-gone-by allows us to examine how we live today.
Everyone has a time they remember. Maybe a time when they were more free, younger or just happier. And when that time is up, we miss it. Memories are like attachments – attachments we make to points in our lives when we were smiling, in love or even at our complete nadir. And it’s these memories that help guide us through our next steps in life. We remember, learn and navigate our way through future memories to be, hoping to find more moments of happiness along the way.
Using time as a key to unlock her inspiration, artist and illustrator Morwenna Farrell explores the relevance in what has already been, and how we need to look back, before we can move forward.
An artist since she can first remember, Morwenna explores a range of art forms to express meaning. “I love illustration because it can open up to being everything,” she says,
“If I need to draw, I will; if I need to film, I will; if I need to take a photograph, I will.”
“I want more than just pictures, I need to feel it.”
With the theme of time running through many of her pieces, Morwenna explores the outside world looking for inspiration.
“I like going somewhere like Great Yarmouth and seeing all the things that people don’t normally see – like the 1920s architecture – no-one looks up anymore,” she says.
Morwenna loves appreciating the world around her and showing people what she sees, her series of works inspired by the wolf fleeces of Great Yarmouth is an example of this.
Now in her third year at the Norwich University of Art, Morwenna has been exploring different ways to compare the now and then.
“I like collages, sometimes I draw on old magazines and I love screen printing too,” she says. “I like using more traditional tools rather than things like Photoshop because I like to see textures.”
Some of Morwenna’s more recent work has involved exploring the world of 3D – at a time when it was carefully sketched out drawings in blue and pink with matching retro, cardboard specs.
“Maybe it’s the child in me but I love 3D and how you can engage with it and interact with it,” she says, pulling out a cluster of sketches and interactive books from her bag.
With blues, reds and pinks playing a large role in her work, Morwenna discusses some of her current projects which have involved examining social media and how we view it since its quick but undeniable take-over.
“It’s a really interesting one – it’s in everyone’s lives so everyone has an opinion on it,” she muses. “I’m part of that generation that never had a phone when I was younger, so we’ve got that nostalgia about a time that wasn’t actually that long ago.”
For Takeaway Art, Morwenna has decided to combine these two thoughts – the look of the near past and the obsession with sharing every moment of the present. The screen-printed, limited edition, Cats of Instagram zine and poster reflects lovingly on selfies, their appeal, beauty and absurdity.
“When people see my art, I want them to react and interact with it,” she says.
As well as playing with illustration, Morwenna plans to do a lot more with film too.
For more information about Morwenna and the work that she does, visit www.behance.net/MorwennaFarrell