Describing her works in Trajectory, at the KZNSA Gallery in Durban, Jennifer Morrison says modestly: "They are not quiet paintings." The canvases are super large, well over a metre, and are mostly covered by brightly coloured abstract circles, pops, lines and dots and busy lines breaking off in all directions. They are full of life, movement, gesture. It’s as if she has captured the aftermath of an explosion at a fireworks factory. Her paintings are wondrous and spectacular, as if she is tracing the beginning of the universe. But what do they depict? Morrison can’t really say. "I am not going to fabricate a meaning or message to please an audience," she asserts. Morrison has set out to make art that captures experiences, feelings and phenomena beyond words or literal depictions. This is hard territory to tread as people want a clear message, although abstract art has been filtering back into contemporary art circles. Abstraction works for Morrison as it best locates "the condition o...

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