In the search for inner truth we often look to others to find out more about ourselves. Through the seven new paintings that comprise “The Golden Hour,” we are presented with just that, albeit with much more depth and breadth. Aligning the spiritual with the physical has long been a pursuit of Morgan’s and she often represents this in her work through depictions of herself and others, carefully pulling out the individuals essence as she perceives it. Working through ideas and emotions pertaining to her relationships and personal quests is a keystone of Morgan’s artistic practice, one that here strikes a pure, perfect balance.
“The title, “The Golden Hour” came to me after I was thinking about how much light I felt coming through in this new body of work. The gold hour is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer compared to when the sun is higher in the sky. The colors that occur during this time are usually a gradient moving from yellow, orange to red – which is a pallet that is reflected in each of these works. “ – Jenny Morgan, 2014
In this most recent series Morgan focuses on the notion of the cycle. The golden hour being that transitory period between “the end and the beginning of a cycle” where colors are at their most rich and most defined yet meld into each other seamlessly. Within this time is perhaps where Morgan is able to find a sense of clarity and resolve. It is within this space in her work that she is able to break down personal barriers, work out unconscious fears, alleviate conflict and gain a true sense of the duality that is latent within our relationships with one another. This reciprocal aspect of human nature links us together and helps us better understand ourselves through those interactions.
One of the many examples within the series is the painting “Breakthrough Sharona” where Morgan uses a friend and fellow painter as the source of inspiration to help her break down her own walls. Sharona emanates light to symbolize this desire and push through the wall that leads Morgan to her own enlightenment. In the painting “Very Strange Days Indeed” Morgan utilizes opposing skulls to show the duality of mind (or spirit, rather) and body. The skulls mirror each other, one deteriorated the other fresh and lucid, with the space in between symbolically representing the place that the soul moves through both at birth and in death. This is further explicated through the idea of infinity, which is attached to both this and another work in the series entitled “The Dangerous Realm of Infinity.” In this composition the notion of infinity is playfully hinted at through Morgan’s use of an interwoven hashtag, which she relates “as a portal towards infinity within cyber space. “ It is this unfathomable realm of the infinite that continually engages Morgan’s practice, one that’s in close relationship to the soul. This comes full circle for Morgan in terms of what she has been working toward throughout the series, finding a way to navigate the spaces, places, and people in our lives in order to better understand our own.
What links us together both in mind and in body synthesize and form our perceptions. While these may not always be clear, it is within moments like those captured in ”The Golden Hour” that we are able to gain perspective and truth. Our relationships with one another are indicative of how we move through life and digging into what makes them good, bad, or somewhere in between is a particularly striking talent of Morgan’s. It is this pursuit that allows her to navigate exciting new territory within the realm of contemporary portraiture, clearly making her one of the most fascinating and inspirational artist’s working today. Her consistent development has now proven to be as natural a practice as an artist can have, and one of the most singular to engage with in depth over time. – Nicki Maggiore, 2014