What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Hole Hearted



John Morris

I first came across the piece above a few months ago when trolling WordPress for fellow bloggers’ work. I saved the photo, but I neglected to note where I found it or the identity of the artist (or the blogger). Although it was lovely, because the figure was nude and kind of dishy, I assumed the rest of the artist’s work would not be to my liking. I expected something along the lines of adult-themed anime, and I thought that even if the execution was beautiful, it wasn’t right for the blog. Then months later, I stumbled across the image again when cleaning out my WordPress folder, and this time it stuck. I tried to ignore it, but I just couldn’t. I discovered the artist was John Morris, a Britain-born sculptor who grew up in Australia and worked as a graphic designer until he found sculpture as his true calling.

Okay, yes, there are a lot of naked ladies. And sure, they are all uniformly beautiful and their figures are, shall we say, unrealistic. While there are male subjects, too, they are rough and clodish and seem only partially formed. And nearly all the males appear broken-hearted (he calls the series “Hole Hearted”). In fact, they look disconcertingly like they’re from a different sculptor entirely. Viewed alone, the female figures seem idealistic and exotic, when taken alongside the male figures, it all starts to tell a very different story than I was expecting.

There’s just something about Morris’s work that won’t let me pass him by. Maybe it’s the way he uses negative space like I’ve never seen before. Maybe it’s his obvious issues with women and relationships that make his work so memorable. Or maybe the wings got me. Whatever it was, I’m glad I gave him another chance. I have to try and resist the urge to skip over artists whose work doesn’t strike exactly the right chord. Makes me worry about how many I may have skipped over.

All images are the property of John Morris.

hole 1

hole 1a

hole 2

hole 3

hole 4

hole 5

This one might be my favorite. The only way I could love it more is if she were eating her feelings.

hole 6

hole 6a

hole 7

hole 7a

hole 8

hole 12

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

16 thoughts on “Hole Hearted

  1. Thanks for sharing this! I love finding new artists that have a unique style and, as you say, I love his use of negative space. Totally agree with you….the retail therapy one is my fav too!

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  2. I agree, the juxtaposition of male and female is really fascinating. It seems that both are limited by their form, but in different ways. The female seems trapped in an unrealistic, dysfunctional body that speaks to objectification even as the wings suggest a longing to escape, while the male is trapped in a rough, clumsy form that ties him to the ground that he stares down at. If I were rich, I’d want one of each and I’d definitely hang them near one another.

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  3. These are fabulous! My favourites are the ones with the heart spaces. Another thing I am buying when I mug that leprechaun.

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  4. I like these, but need lots of time to study them so I’m bookmarking this one for when I have long stretches of time.

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  5. Striking on so many levels… so many holes where there is a whole lot missing. Isn’t it just like life?! 😉

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing your discovery of this artist. His pieces just make me stop and stare. I try not to attempt analysis of an artist’s work – only he knows what’s in his head and what he’s trying to say. So I just like to stop, stare and wonder!


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