Virtual Realism -Interview
JP Morrison Lans works primarily with color pencil, encaustic and gouache to create realistic figurative depictions alongside abstracted representations of the body. These are metaphors for her experiences of womanhood, motherhood, sex, love, loss, self-preservation, panic, desire, and knowing.
Born in 1984 in Detroit MI, raised in Tulsa OK. Morrison Lans was accepted in 2000 for her first solo exhibition at the Tulsa Artists’ Coalition. In 2007 she earned her BFA from the Kansas City Arts Institute. During her time in Kansas City she also co-owned and curated a gallery space within the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. After returning to Tulsa, Morrison Lans created her first installation “Mono-No-Aware” for the 2011 Momentum Exhibition with an honorarium from The Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition. This installation was a meditation on the places and selves to which we cannot return.
From 2012 to 2014 Morrison Lans lived on the east coast of Australia and subsequently her drawing “Mermaid” was acquired for the permanent collection of the Bundaberg Regional Gallery, Queensland. Upon returning to Tulsa she created her installation “Wundrian” for the 2015 Living Arts New Genre Festival. Morrison Lans became a mother in 2017, and in 2018 was commissioned to create "Journey to the Center of the Universe" an interactive installation for “The Experience” at Ahha Tulsa. One detail of this installation was the inclusion of three-hundred and thirty-three hands life-cast from the local community over the course of four consecutive First Friday art crawls.
During the turmoil of the pandemic JP began experimenting with new techniques, mediums and emotions which culminated in her current work loosely referred to under the umbrella of, “Fulcrum”.
In 2021 Morrison Lans was accepted into residencies with the School of Visual Arts NYC, and the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, MA. 2022 residency's included Rockland Woods in Washington State, and The Art Farm in Nebraska. Morrison Lans’ held her most recent solo exhibition "Thrown Bones" at A. Hurd Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, in September of 2022. Her work can also be found at 19 Karen Gallery, Gold Coast, Australia, Field Projects Gallery, NYC/online, and M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK. Currently the artist and her five-year-old can be found experimenting with encaustic and play-doh, respectively, in their home studio in Tulsa OK.