We had the good fortune of connecting with Beverly Morrison and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Beverly, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I think the phrase “finding balance” can sound very misleading. It insinuates you are searching for something outside of yourself, when balance is anything but. However, let’s back up a bit…Art is Life. Life is Art. In order to create you should know yourself. You should know your process. What hours of the day you work the best. What hours you begin to falter and need a recharge. Where you find your peace mentally and physically. How you get those creative juices flowing again. Most of all, artists should embrace that all of these things are part of the creative process… So when you understand yourself (ie your creative process), how you work, live and embrace that down time… you are not just ”finding balance”, you are living it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a sculptor who primarily works with clay. Currently, I’m developing a dual practice in both fine art and decor. Since living the life of a creative person in the United States is a precarious one, having multiple streams of income is a necessity. All my work is influenced by a diverse pool of inspiration found in nature and the human body, I explore ways to surface and texture my sculptures within the confines of preserving a sense of balance and fluidity in abstract/contemporary forms. As a result, my sculpture manifests a certain primitive elegance, giving rise to my term for the work: Modern Day Relics. How did you overcome challenges? Was it easy? At times, we are all challenged by the universal struggles of life: money, family, relationships. Life can be a rollercoaster of ups and downs. Though creatives have the additional struggles of the self. We struggle with our fear, doubt, creative blocks etc. The best advice I can give artists to get through those moments of doubt and darkness is: don’t over think it and just keep working. Nothing worth having is easy and if it is, you’re not doing it right. Creating art is a lifelong endeavor and it has nothing to do with fame or money. Every piece of art you create is an accumulation of your life experiences. It’s giving birth. It’s your immortality. It’s enlightenment and humility. It’s dancing the Tango when both partners are trying to take lead simultaneously. It’s knowing your limits so you are always pushing and exploring past them. So ‘easy’? No. But fulfilling? Yes. If I had to impart a little wisdom on others (artistic or not) I would say first and foremost, respect your journey. Life is not a race….neither is creating. It’s not about where you think the finish line is or what you think you deserve to get out it. It’s about enjoying the things and people you have around you every day. Simply ‘living life’, to me, is No. 1 for a creative person. Life is your process. It’s not just spending 10 hrs in your studio everyday. It’s an accumulation of your experiences…because Art is Life. Life is Art. So live. Travel. Explore. Enjoy it. Hate it. Feel it all. Then get back into the studio and work your butt off. What do you want the world to know about you in your brand and your story? I tend to ‘Celebrate the way things are rather than what they’re expected to be’ and that’s a lesson I’ve learned from years of studying the natural world. Perfection is never the goal when I create; rather, I focus on the overall feeling and impression I want the piece is to communicate. Most of us inhabit a lifestyle of constant motion. We are continuously overstimulated by the real and digital worlds around us. My work thrives on cultivating that elusive ‘Moment of Zen,’ by enriching personal spaces and environments with objects that inspire contemplation, reflection and a tactile connection to the earth through its physical embodiment, clay. A physical connection to the Earth. A spiritual refreshment for the mind. An inspired harmony for the soul.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, when I travel my focus is always on art and food…and not necessarily in that order. One of the things I love about LA is that the world lives here. There are so many so many neighborhoods and so much good ethnic food, it’s hard to beat. I think I would fill their days with galleries, museums, beaches and food. Maybe I’d throw in a trip to the Hollywood bowl, the Getty Villa, roof top bar at Perch to watch a beautiful sunset over the city, midnight runs to my favorite taco trucks, a trip to the Broad and Hauser Wirth and all the other fabulous galleries that inhabit downtown and of course an excursion to some great whiskey bars like Wolf and Crane, the Far Bar and maybe Mrs Fish. Way too many places to mention. I know when people come to Los Angeles, they want to do the Hollywood Blvd tourist trap thing, but that’s really not my scene. Id rather fill their bellies and their minds with some real LA…but even that means so many different things for any Angelino you meet.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my Shoutout to all those artists and creatives out there that understand ‘creating’ is not something you simple do, but its a necessity to their life. We can not survive with out eating, drinking, breathing…..and ‘making’.
Photos taken by: Beverly Morrison and Eduardo Acosta