Morrissey uses the seaside as the setting for her collection ‘Front’ in her exploration of identity and memory. The series contains twelve photographs of supposedly straightforward family holiday photos that make the viewer anxious, because on a closer look everything is not as it seems. Morrissey is posing with strangers and adopting a different female persona in each shot. In this way she is exploring psychological and physical boundaries.
The collection contains two texts, Passing Strange: Familial Imposters in the photographs of Trish Morrissey, in which Pippa Oldfield comments on ‘cultural anxieties about the imposter mother’. As well as Anne McNeill’s short story Cuckoo which is about ‘a life changing day at the beach’.
Morrissey, T. (2009) Front. Bradford: Impressions Gallery