Love and hate are two forces common in everyday life. This exhibition, Love and Hate by alumnae Morgan Twist and Tara Vaughan, is based on those forces, and the exhibit is designed to show how they exist or coexist. The forces, love and hate, are typically defined by their opposition to each other. Love and Hate shows the duality of the two forces, but also shows the interplay between both sides. In some cases, hatred can follow love, or the opposite can occur with equal frequency. As the artists state, "We are at a turning point in the world today where we need to start accepting and understanding each other’s differences or hatred will continue to plague us." It is important to understand what triggers people’s responses to situations on a daily basis so that we can learn to be a more tolerant community. Love and Hate is an important exhibit that is in conflict with itself, and yet is not always so disconnected as it seems. “We need to believe in love. Love is the only hope we have,” commented Morgan Twist.
~ Evan O’Connor ‘17
Gallery Exhibition Research Assistant
Love and Anger
It seems that every time you turn on the news there is another act of hatred. With groups of people clashing, violence has become a regular part of our lives. We are at a turning point in the world today where we need to start accepting and understanding each other’s differences or hatred will continue to plague us.
In the wake of this violence, Morgan Twist and Tara Vaughan have come together for this show to help battle the hatred. Morgan is using words in a way she never has before by creating letter sculptures addressing violence. Morgan’s stream of conscious writing reflects her anger and frustration with today’s society. In Tara’s work, the embracing forms represent human connection and connecting on a deeper level than what is on the surface. Depending on which angle you look at Tara’s work, the piece is vastly different. Because our perceptions of each other and ourselves are different, we need to come together and understand these differences. Morgan’s voice is angry, while Tara’s voice is embracing acceptance, both believe the only hope the world has is love. With anger and love, Morgan and Tara hope to start a dialogue about violence and what can be done to prevent it.
Morgan Twist was born in Voorhees, New Jersey and attended Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Currently, Morgan creates ceramic sculpture in a studio at Crane Arts. Morgan was awarded Visual Artist of the year in 2015 by the RAW artist organization. In the In the past year, Morgan was a resident at Byrdcliffe Artist Colony in Woodstock, New York and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado. Morgan obsessively stacks individual pieces to create ceramic sculpture. Through Morgan’s sculpture, she hopes to break down walls and start conversations about social issues.
Tara Vaughan attended Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Currently, Tara creates ceramic sculpture and functional ceramics in a studio at Crane Arts. Tara has showcased her ceramics in numerous craft shows throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. You can find Tara’s work in Art Star’s shop on North 2nd Street in Philadelphia and The Noyes Museum of Art in Hammonton, New Jersey. This summer, Tara will be a resident at Byrdcliffe Artist Colony in Woodstock, New York. Tara’s abstract forms represent human connection and understanding people on a deeper level.