Robert Morris is a multi discipinary artist, who has just completed his MFA studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and eagerly awaits graduation day. His thesis, Vehicles of Transformation, explored the intersection between his works and their viewers. The focus of his current inquiry is a kinetic sculptural exploration that probes how each viewer's unique combination of experience, awareness and knowledge affect their engagement with the sculpture and themselves.
Robert's relationship with his work, informed by decades of crafting wood and fabric boats, with hand tools, steam and artificial sinew, is profoundly physical, and deeply engaged with material and movement.
In the early 1980's Robert was a photographer in the Canadian Armed Forces. While studying at OCAD, he designed an accessibility program for the Art Gallery of Ontariobefore moving to Vancouver. While working on the start-up of Britannia Heritage Shipyard, he started his business, Brewery Creek Small Boat Shop. He taught traditional arctic qajaq
(kayak) building for twenty five years across North America and in Taiwan. For three summers he travelled to Nunavut for three summers to work with elders, where he learned to build Netsilingmeot qajaq
. He is the author of Building Skin and Frame Boats,
featured in the NFB documentary Caribou Kayakand a founding co-coordinator of Gallery Gachet.
Robert currently teaches art, photography and animation at a lower mainland secondary school, and maintains a studio at MakerLabs in Vancouver