Morsella's own work focuses on marquetry, arranging wood veneers to form an image. Her work in this exhibition, her first in Denver, interprets the relation she sees between tattooing and the most ancient forms of art. "I am interested in how tattooing, when done as a sacred act, resonates with what the very first human artists did in caves and on rocks, placing images on curved surfaces with the intention connecting with the spirit world," she explains.Although tattoos have taken on different meanings in modern society, Morsella believes most people get body art for reasons deeper than just vanity. "I think many times there's something very ancient about it. It's totemic, it's a protection, it's empowerment," she says.
For the show, she collected pieces from artists in both this country and Europe, asking them to interpret the aspects of tattooing that most struck them. The result was a wide variety of submissions, featuring photography, wood-turning, print, paint, ink and video.
The exhibition opens with a free reception at 5 p.m. March 21 at Morsella's studio at 910 Arts Building, suite 104. The exhibition will run through April 4. For more information, visit Morsella's website.