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The sense of melancholy is emphasized by the expressionlessness of the models. There is a Classic Greek stoicism to these figures. They are dignified and self-absorbed, ideal figures instead of specific individuals. They are also large in scale, situated in the foreground, spatially close to the viewer. But despite the proximity (and this too seems Greek) we are not acknowledged by the couple. There is a curious sense of being invited into their space, but not welcomed. Are we viewers or voyeurs?

Gavin Townsend, Professor of Art History, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
from a review in Art Papers

I will close with a recent piece, one that I think is quite impressive. ... Martyr, Murder, and Rooster is a collaborative project between Arcadian Press and sailorBOYpress. ... Each book is constructed of various colored papers, elaborated with onlays, metals, beads, tape, pins, and stich work. The illustrations feel like pochoir and speak of the collaborative process. It is an extraordinarily moving series which is not without its controversy. Nevertheless, it does everything you want a book to do. The intention is clear. The quality is high. And there is an integrity behind it that just moves me. This is really what I am speaking about here, and I wish I could be more articulate about it. I wish that we all could be more articulate about it.

Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Books and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress
from a keynote address at the 2005 ABC: The Artists' Books Conference

It is difficult to sum up Morin's work. The common thread through the varying methods of working is the body and the depiction of the body, although that is not always true in the bookworks. The design elements used in drawings and paintings and the bookworks are consistent. He uses that awkwardness in his printed work as well, to give the viewer a pause to consider the location of type on the page, the position of pictorial elements. His use of color is consistent, but the paintings are often darker in tone. It is unusual that one artist can create several related bodies of work in different media. Morin does it well.

Caren Heft, Director, Carlsten Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
from a review of Sacred Space