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26: Ann Morton

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

26: Ann Morton
Ann Morton

See also: Social Identities Lost and Found in Ann Morton's "Unentitled" Ann Morton is a local artist who teaches in the fiber department at ASU and Color foundations at Paradise Valley Community College.

She spent almost 30 years in the graphic design industry, which she says is evident in her work, both visually and in her process. She was owner, partner, and principal at Thinking Caps, a longtime Phoenix environmental graphic design firm until 2006, when she left to pursue her MFA at ASU.

Morton is a native Phoenician, a mother (she's married to Phoenix-based architectural photographer, Bill Timmerman), and a grandmother.

"Nagging"  Public Art Performance - Personal couch, City of Phoenix parking space, caution tape, crochet needle
"Nagging" Public Art Performance - Personal couch, City of Phoenix parking space, caution tape, crochet needle
Ann Morton

I came to Phoenix ... through my Mom and Dad -- I'm a native Phoenician.

I make art because ... it allows me a voice where I might not otherwise be able to adequately express myself in matters that I find important to communicate. And I LOVE to make things. My intention is to satisfy my love of making while applying a social purpose to my work.

"Caution Field Project" (shown with the False Safety Net) Public Art Intervention - Crocheted Caution Tape (approx. 46,143 ft.), 10 homeless participants who were paid $4.00 per square ft. to make 225 squares for an overall 16 ft. x 16 ft. field. One homeless participant assembled every square to create the overall piece.
"Caution Field Project" (shown with the False Safety Net) Public Art Intervention - Crocheted Caution Tape (approx. 46,143 ft.), 10 homeless participants who were paid $4.00 per square ft. to make 225 squares for an overall 16 ft. x 16 ft. field. One homeless participant assembled every square to create the overall piece.
Ann Morton

I'm most productive ... when I have a deadline, I've developed the "idea" and am making the work.

"My Sovereign, O Woman, My Maiden" Found women's jeans from migrant attempting to cross the US border - (Collective Cover Member # 011-09-0109), commercial white canvas, QR code link to imagery and story on webpage
"My Sovereign, O Woman, My Maiden" Found women's jeans from migrant attempting to cross the US border - (Collective Cover Member # 011-09-0109), commercial white canvas, QR code link to imagery and story on webpage
Ann Morton

My inspiration wall is full of ... I don't have an inspiration wall - it all percolates in my head. I take inspiration in everyday events that affect my life and the lives of other citizens.

I've learned the most from ... keeping quiet, being observant and stealth.

Good work should always ... give you a good thump in the heart region of your body.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more ... . (period)

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas 99. Isaac Caruso 98. Brandon Gore 97. Kelsey Dake 96. Hector Ruiz 95. Caroline Battle 94: Jennifer Campbell 93. Jeff Chabot 92. Tiffiney Yazzie 91. Daniel Germani 90. Irma Sanchez 89. Daniel m. Davis 88. Kirstin Van Cleef 87. Emmett Potter 86. Sarah Hurwitz 85. Christine Cassano 84. Fred Tieken 83. Lindsay Kinkade 82. Ruben Galicia 81. Robert Uribe 80. Heidi Abrahamson 79. Josephine Davis 78. Travis Ladue 77. Taz Loomans 76. Mikey Jackson 75. Alex Empty 74. Joe Ray 73. Carol Roque 72. Daniel Funkhouser 71. Carla Chavarria 70. Hugo Medina 69. Cavin Costello 68. Claire Carter 67. Lindsay Tingstrom 66. Catherine Ruane 65. Christopher Crosby 64. Aaron Johnson 63. Brenda Eden 62. Colton Brock 61. Ernesto Moncada 60. Benjamin Phillips 59. Brad Armstrong 58. Angela Hardison 57. Tyler Quinn 56. Andrew James Benson 55. Charles Anthony Darr 54: Tiffe Fermaint 53. Eric Cox 52. Victor Vasquez 51. John Randall Nelson 50. Lauren Lee 49. Kyle Jordre 48. Julie C. Kent 47. Sean Deckert 46. Niba DelCastillo 45. Joseph Benesh 44. Ashley Harder 43. Dan Vermillion 42. Daniel Shepherd 41. James B. Hunt 40. Lori Fenn 39. Seth Gideon Fainkujen 38. Wayne Rainey 37. Christian Filardo 36. Melissa Cody 35. Jason Rudolph Peña 34. Cindy Iverson 33. Ryan Gentry 32. Sebastien Millon 31. Andrea Beesley 30. Chris Pruitt 29. Robert Diehl 28. Rachel Malloy 27. Jonathan Simon

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