Courtesy Allison Morris
Allison Morris is a photographic artist based in Toronto, Canada. She studied photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, and was accepted into the Off-campus Studies Program, completing her third year of study in Florence, Italy.
She has been exhibited internationally in Italy, Serbia, Hungary, the United States, and Canada, including her 2019 solo exhibition What is Hidden by What We as a part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival. Most recently, Allison’s work was shown at the Anchorage Museum of Alaska for inclusion in the ‘Extra Tough: Women of the North’ exhibition, as well as a part of a semi-permanent installation for Toronto’s Gladstone House. In 2019, Allison participated in the Su Bixinau residency in Sardinia, Italy. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including The Huffington Post. Allison has also spoken on a variety of panels discussing art and feminism, including the 2015 and 2020 Feminist Art Conference as well as the Extra Tough Artist Spotlight: Suzy Lake + Allison Morris artist talk hosted by the Anchorage Museum. In 2022, she was the recipient of the Jim P. Shea Award by SNAP Toronto.
Allison’s lens-based practice explores themes of beauty, identity, performance, and the construction of femininity. Drawing on the history of women portrayed in art, she uses self-portraiture and traditionally feminized objects and materials to challenge our perceptions of the body and the boundaries it creates. Her most recent and ongoing projects explore the themes of domestic space and the body, as well as the history of women’s fashion and textiles in the formation of gender.