Reading in Bellingham and visiting Ann Morris

Village Books in Bellingham is one great store: café above, discounts beneath, new books all around—it’s just the place to get what you need. Mary and I gave a reading there last week and we met some Hugo fans, some readers and our friend Ann Morris.

Ann is a sculptor with a beautiful gallery and Studio Grounds on Lummi Island where she displays work. In the “Sculpture Woods,” Ann has large scale bronze pieces. What I love about these large pieces is how they merge figures from classical myths with the local wildlife and embed these in human figures. There’s one called “Dance of Life” that presents a huge bull on standing on his back legs who is “goring” a woman by putting his head between her legs. It’s magical. Sexy, astonishing and strangely compassionate.

A lot of what Ann does has to do with scale. In her smaller work pieces, ones on display in the gallery, there are little boats with ribs for oars, bronzed replicas of whale and sea lion bones. One huge rib cage completely undid me. I wanted to lie inside of it. Two inch bones are blown to two feet long. She puts them upright and they are like giant femurs or stubby canes. I want to lean on them.

Here is an artist with lots to express and an outstanding sense of craft that carries the emotion right into your heart.



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