I am very conscious of the images that are populated to represent the realities of Black life in America. Within my mixed media works I like to show cooperation and kindness as that's what I always remember the most when doing any daily task, the people who helped me achieve it or lent a smile or compliment that brighten one's day. Acting as a window, what you look up to for escape. In ...where salvation is I wanted to reference those occasions, the refracted moments that act as shards to days that often feel like broken glass.
Devin N Morris (b. 1986, Baltimore, MD) studied Fashion Merchandising at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD and Journalism and New Media, Towson University, MD. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Through his mixed media paintings, photographs, writings, and videos, Morris collapses personal experience, memory, and space to delicately envision new realms. The artist considers his upbringing in Baltimore and navigating the world as a black, queer, HIV positive man in his depictions of real and imagined characters engaged in acts of kindness and care. His explorations of the domestic space place the viewer inside abstracted rooms that subvert traditional values and social boundaries.
In 2018, Morris was selected for The Aesthetics of Matter- the curatorial project by Duex Femme Noires: Mickalene Thomas and Racquel Chevremont, presented at VOLTA, New York, NY. In 2017, he was named by Time Magazine as one of “12 African American Photographers You Should Follow.” Morris is the founding editor of 3 Dot Zine.