Stacy Renee Morrison often forgets what century it is. Along with this blurry sense of time, she finds herself haunted by women who lived their lives well before her own and creates visual biographies of their pasts.
As fate would have it, she met her 19th century best friend in the form of a trunk abandoned on a New York City street. These two women, born 133 years apart, began a collaboration titled The Girl of My Dreams
Morrison received a grant from the Rhode Island Council of the Humanities to research and make photographs about the trunk’s owner, Sylvia DeWolf Ostrander. She has exhibited her photographs in New York City, Rhode Island, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, Parma, Cordoba, Argentina and Jeouju, South Korea. Her photographs have been published in Harper’s Magazine, Dear Dave
, Feature Shoot, Photography Quarterly,
and The Providence Journal
. Morrison recently exhibited the contents of Sylvia’s trunk for the first time along with her work interpreting Sylvia’s life at the Merchant’s House Museum in New York City.
Morrison is currently working on an illustrated narrative non-fiction book based upon The Girl of My Dreams
. She is also launching a silkscreen clothing line with images of Victorian women and ephemera eponymously named for her beloved Sylvia.
When Stacy is fully present in the 21st century she teaches in the MFA Visual Narrative Department and BFA Photography and Video Department at School of Visual Arts and in the Visual Art Department at Montclair State University.
She is a still-life photographer who makes quiet, polite, and sometimes-macabre photographs. She never misses an opportunity to dress up as a 19th