Scott Morrison is a sound and video artist based in Sydney, Australia. His primary research and output has fallen under the title of “Ballad(s) for Quiet Horizons”. This body of work details and further develops the artist’s appreciation of Australia’s rural landscape. It is an exploration and abstraction of natural occurrence, rhythmic meditations of place and how familiar experience(s) can be re-interpreted, re-imagined and rendered anew.
The design uses Scott’s own video stills but is graphically reinterpreted using visual rhythmic paradigms based on how the moving image and sound is edited and sequenced in his work. The layout scheme is also based on studies of the Fibonacci Sequence, given much of the content in the works is based around these patterns. It was important to choose evocative stills that were capable of being laid out in such a rhythmic fashion. Additionally, I was concerned with communicating that this release was both sound and image, this evolving the ‘shuttering’ visual language to give a sense of movement.
When designing for musicians and artists, Bec believes that the visual language must be drawn from the work’s unique aesthetic and the artist’s motivation and values. The process unfolds like a dance—slow and awkward initially but becoming more fluent, as the visual language is created in conversation with the artist iteratively. The work is complete only when the artist is surprised, delighted and recognises the visual language as being tacitly representative of their work.
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