Virtual Realism -Interview
JP Morrison Lans works primarily with drawing mediums, gouache and encaustic to create realistic yet altered 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. Morrison Lans has created many series of figurative works and has also produced three immersive installation works designed to evoke wonderment, play, and nostalgia.
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 in the heart of the Crossroads District. 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.
In 2012 JP followed a boy to Australia and subsequently her drawing “Mermaid” was acquired for the permanent collection of the Bundaberg Regional Gallery, Queensland. Morrison Lans returned to Tulsa in 2015 to create her installation “Wundrian” for Living Arts Tulsa’s, 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 life-cast hands from the local community cast 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 culminating in her current series of works, “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. In January of this year Morrison Lans had the honor of being included as one of six artists in residence at Rockland Woods in Washington State. 2022 will see Morrison Lans’ next solo exhibition hosted in September at A. Hurd Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, along with her work being exhibited 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.