Faculty & Staff - David Morrish
David Morrish, originally from Manitoba, Canada, is an artist and educator living and working in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. He is a Full Professor at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland, teaching photography in the BFA visual arts program. Morrish received his BFA degree in Visual Arts in 1981 from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, MB. In 1985 he received his MFA degree in Visual Arts from the University of Calgary, Alberta. He is co-author of Copper Plate Photogravure: Demystifying the Process, Focal Press, 2003, with Marlene MacCallum.
Morrish’s recent work as a printmaker involves both photography and the intaglio process of copper-plate photogravure. He began exhibiting photographic work in Canada in 1978 but has exhibited photogravure prints exclusively since 1996, nationally and internationally. Notable work has involved poorly done taxidermy as the image base for print suites that sometimes reference medieval illuminations or 19th Century portrait conventions. His landscape work has explored the limestone alvars of the Great Northern Peninsula, NL and The Burren in Co. Clare, IE. He has produced artist’s book works such as GAZE and DIED using photogravure and letterpress under his imprint: DeadCat Press. Morrish’s research has focused on animal and human mortality, natural processes, rites and traditions, and 19th Century post-mortem portraiture. Current research revolves around faux biography, provenance and the museum archive through the construction of the Wunderkammer, The Lyric Cranium, and the creation of accompanying ephemera.
Much of this work can be seen at his website: www.davidmorrish.com and his blogs: lyriccranium.blogspot.ca & darkdissolution.blogspot.ca