Saturation by Josie Morway
Fine-art Giclée print on French cold-press watercolor paper
16 x 24 Inches
Featuring a full bleed with hand-deckled edges
Limited Edition of 50
Each print is uniquely hand-embellished
Signed & Numbered
Printed with ♥ by Paragon Press
"When I think of the oceans, I think of abundance. A profusion and even an overwhelm of colors, textures, shapes... of creatures and ways of life we can only guess at. And yet one of the primary threats facing oceans is the loss of biodiversity. There's a dwindling, homogenizing, and bleaching occurring that's truly terrifying. I wanted to address this fear in my painting for Pangeaseed, and I hint at the loss in the desaturating fade of the piece. However, I've long found myself constitutionally unable to portray my natural subjects in too much peril, and instead, like to invest them with almost supernatural powers of protection and hope. Here I've chosen an endangered juvenile Albatross as my hero, bringing together a bouquet of ocean plants and creatures as a sort of talisman for resiliency. I hope that in generations to come, these lives, forms, and colors are still here, and even thriving in our oceans."
- Josie Morway -
Born in Massachusetts, self-taught artist Josie Morway moved over 20 times in as many years before coming back to Boston to live and work in 2015. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries worldwide, from London and Australia (and the streets of Juarez, Mexico) to Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Montana, and Massachusetts, as well as at fairs like Scope at Art Basel Miami. She’s also worked as a sign painter and muralist, creating large scale works for cities, businesses, and festivals.
Morway’s work explores both the fragility and the fortitude of the natural world, envisioning the sanctity of wildlife and wilderness in the face of human degradation and seeking to challenge the assumptions and projections we bring to our interactions with the wild. Says Morway of the surreal and unexpected elements to her work; “I think that too often our concern for nature includes a presumption of total understanding, which is just another element of our human tendency to be paternalistic and domineering. It’s too easy to use nature as a metaphor, to mine it for our own inspiration and comfort, to fetishize the parts we find lovely and subjugate what we find strange or ‘brutal.’ I hope to avoid oversimplification, and instead try to enhance the feeling of mystery, to make images that are intricate and uncomfortable, and to remind myself that no matter how carefully I observe and portray the wild I cannot truly know it."