MEET SCULPTURE AT SCENIC WORLD CURATOR JUSTIN MORRISSEY
Sculpture at Scenic World Exhibition Curator, Justin Morrissey has made his mark on the exhibition since stepping into the role in 2015.
Not one to stick to the four white walls of the gallery setting, Morrissey is well acquainted with the ancient rainforest setting, and has a keen eye for detail when it comes to curating artworks in a changing environment.
At the heart of Justin’s role is supporting artists to push boundaries so they can explore their talents and the possibilities of what they can achieve with their craft.
“My approach to working with artists is to dream big and look at as many different options and give them the opportunity to explore the environment. We see a lot of artists respond well to that,” he said.
As a practicing artist, Justin is not only passionate about combining art with nature, but also supporting artists to realise their full potential.
“Elevating artists’ thinking is something that I’m always conscious of. Their works then take on a life of their own that stretches beyond standard sculptural techniques, often exploding with colour that extends their scale among the natural environment,” he said.
A Blue Mountains local, Justin also loves connecting with nature during his day to day.
“I get to go into the forest regularly; that’s a legitimate part of my job. It’s one of the most beautiful locations in the world and anyone would enjoy coming to work here,” he said.
This year’s Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition is set to stun visitors with 25 artworks by 29 world class artists. Local accommodation packages are also available for every budget and the extensive free public program is set to make art more accessible for everyone.
Now in its eighth year, the exhibition has benefited greatly from Justin’s attention to the quality of works and the placement of artworks among the rainforest setting.
Taking the quality of the exhibition to the next level is also part of his vision for the future.
“I want to continue to empower local artists to get involved in the show and get them exhibiting with both international and reputable Australian artists,” he said.
“Supporting artists in new and innovative ways will help to retain the quality of the exhibition and set the bar for other sculpture events right across the globe.”