A sculptor and industrial designer, Quinn Morrissette grew up in Berlin and went on to learn welding technology at White Mountains Community College. “I fell in love with blacksmithing because of my grandfather,” he says. “He was an old time millwright at the Groveton paper mill, and is responsible for much of my creative metalworking passion and skill set.” Quinn is completing a degree in Industrial Design from Wentworth Institute of Technology. During his residency on the Forest, Quinn plans to invite the public to join him in creating a sculptural piece celebrating the Forest's Centennial.
Like many local kids, much of Quinn Morrissette’s childhood was spent outside and the environment of Northern New Hampshire provides both the source and inspiration for much of his work. “As a boy, I was blessed to have the Androscoggin Valley as my playground,” he says. “My adventures here never stopped, and I’m still discovering new ideas in the northern forest. For visitors and locals alike, this is a place for rich experiences.”
“I think I have a real story to tell about the White Mountains,” Quinn reflects. “Finding creative ways to access and appreciate the area can be both challenging and rewarding. Together with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and the White Mountain National Forest, I hope to make art that revitalizes our emotional connection to the Forest, respects her natural beauty -- and also celebrates her 100th birthday.”
See more of Quinn's work here.
Quinn is hard at work on his Centennial Spiral sculpture which will be erected at the Dolly Copp Campground this fall. Follow his progress on Instagram at #centennialspiral.
He'll be offering multiple opportunities for engagement -- watch for updates here!
And meanwhile, don't miss
The People's Forest: A Centennial Celebration of the White Mountain National Forest
Museum of the White Mountains
34 Highland St., Plymouth NH
May 16-September 12, 2018
This exhibit illustrates the history of the WMNF and addresses its goals of protecting and managing the land for future generations, encouraging the balance of human interaction and engagement within environmental conservation and preservation.
The exhibit features work by all our previous WMNF Artists in Residence.
This was one of my first pieces metal art,” says Quinn, “made from scrapped satellite dishes I picked up the dump. The bird is being held hostage by my mom…she named her Eleanor!”Quinn Morrissette’s Shelburne Table