Morgan Frailey was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently in her senior year at the Maryland Institute College of Art and will graduate in May 2012 with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture and a concentration in Photography. Her work has a heavy emphasis on craft, focusing in fiber and woodwork.
Frailey's collection deals with a personal search for origin. There is yearning for pairing and camaraderie, and for a perceived simplicity and clarity of a bygone American era. The work romanticizes the pioneer spirit of work and adventure, operating in a neutral color palette with simple fabrics that strive to represent honest, earnest craft. The garments and props seek to blur the lines between work and play, playing on tropes of childhood and growing up. The performance is informed by the tragedy and tension inherent in a willful and determined yet ultimately futile effort to reach a place that does not exist.
Photo by Jessica Marx