Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Design Behind Desire

I was invited to author and curate a book about desire. This culminated in Design Behind Desire which was creatively developed with Susanne Schaal and published by Faramhmedia, New York, in December 2011. My favourite postings, to date, can be seen here at Purple Diary, Interview Magazine and from the wonderful Betony Vernon.

One of the most pleasurable aspects in the process of creating Design Behind Desire was the realization of The Cabinet of Desire. A small and unexpected volume; a book contained within the book whereby invited artists have written and contributed stand alone text pieces on the subject of desire; poems, essays, fiction, visual writings, experiences. The Cabinet is immersive, the paper is of a different quality and texture. It demonstrates the fluidity of desire and induces one's own mind imagery.

Cabinet of Desire

Lovers of Roissy by Emmanuelle Waeckerle

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Lisa Z. Morgan is an artist, designer and writer. The subject and object of desire has been a palpable constant within her artistic expression both as a motivation and in its embodiment or articulation. Through her creativity and research Morgan examines how the value of provenance, of rarity and storytelling, puts into question or provokes our understanding and relationship towards desire and the desire impulse. Her focus has been how we may access, stimulate and touch the internal points of registration or the emotional dynamics of bodily perception. In essence she attempts to define and make manifest the feeling of feeling. Her work inhabits a space where art, semiotics, design and fashion intersect. Morgan is the Co-Founder of STRUMPET & PINK and the Co-Founder of The Lavender Hinge. She is the author and creative editor of Design Behind Desire and also a contributor to SHOWstudio and The Laboratory Arts Collective.