Make Happy Those Who Are Near and Those Who Are Far Will Come

Morag Myerscough

PMQ - Dec 2019

13.12.2019–10.01.2020

Location: Courtyard, G/F

“MAKE HAPPY THOSE WHO ARE NEAR AND THOSE WHO ARE FAR WILL COME.” An old Chinese proverb that has been my mantra for many years since the first time I came across it in 2007, it resonated with why I make my work — Morag Myerscough

In response to these worldwide times of turbulence, heightened anxiety and negativity, we need to find ways of coming together and at the same time understanding people’s differences. ‘One fits all’ does not work.

It was important to make a piece of work that is full of positivity, hope and strength, and produces a genuine ‘smile on your face’ ideally becomes contagious. Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural painkillers, and serotonin, changing the mood for the better.

Feeling ‘happy’ cannot be quantified — from a one-to-one simple heartfelt gesture to a massive collective response and lots in between. Our structure reflects this in its wild maximalist celebration of joy to the world around, drawing you into an intimate pale pink glowing space.

Co-creator

Morag Myerscough

Born and raised in London, Morag has always lived in the city and has been fascinated by how color and pattern can change urban environments and people’s perceptions of spaces into places. From schools and hospitals to cultural hubs and town centres, Morag transforms public spaces by creating engaging experiences for everyone. Her robust visual approach is instantly recognizable, which creates specific local responses to each distinct audience that will see and experience the work, using it to create community and build identity. Her contribution to educational environments was recognized in 2015 when her work with Allford Hall Monaghan Morris on Burntwood School won the Stirling Prize for Architecture.

Instagram @moragmyerscough

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