And, although you wouldn’t think it from the kaleidoscope of colours and shapes that transpire in her projects, Morag says she likes to live a simple life. But if you look closely enough, you can see it. Her projects celebrate narratives of places/people/things, the same way a simple household displays a cacophony of objects collected over time that tell the story of the people living in it. They embrace what is already there and reinvent the space in the eyes of the people that now fill it. A collection of shapes, materials, colours and words bring those stories to life. All with a touch of the hand made.In her talk, Morag describes how she often works together with architects and people from the community to “give a framework, that allows whoever uses it afterwards to do with it whatever they want”. Be it a discarded train that, with the help of many locals, gets repainted, equipped with handmade furniture and dining facilities or a school projects that turns it into “a big place where you feel excited, with no limitations”. Bold exhibition concepts, that look like overwhelming experiences, making use of floors, ceilings and walls. What struck the most, were the very elaborate models she builds, almost works of their own, that she creates as a way of understanding the space. While she says that she’s mostly working on her own now, you can’t help noticing, that Luke plays an important role in a lot of projects. She also briefly touches on the subject of SUPERGROUP, a support network of creatives with an interesting set of qualifications criteria. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much talk on the subject, even if it would have been interesting to hear more about how that collaborative approach came to be and how it fits with someone with such a unique style as Myerscough.
Morag’s work is certainly not quiet and polished, sometimes even cartoonish, but has a strength and boldness to it that feels very authentic and positive. Her socio-humanistic view of sustainable working certainly comes across as what makes her work so unique and powerful. Listening to Rock’nRoll whilst painting stools in the “messy room” with Lemmy, her little white dog laying around, doesn’t sound too bad as a working environment either.
True to form, here are her playful goodbye words:
Where she sits, she shines, where she shines, she sits.
Text: Ann-Kristina Simon & Ana Viegas | Graphic Birdwatching