Hi! I'm Haley Morris and live and work in Cleveland, Ohio! I use MP as a name to create art, murals, products, and dances/experiences.
I use a variety of craftsmanship, resources and tools to create, find props and decor. I draw logos, sketch portraits, create buttons, cards, jewelry, murals, laser engraved accessories notebook covers and more.
I am very proud to plan parties and events regularly at Mahall’s 20 Lanes in Lakewood, Ohio and just wrapped up my 6th NYE Party: The Weird Wedding & Beetleball. Through these experiences I have managed to also redesign the interior of their main stage into a kitschy colorful Memphis Milano & 80s inspired wonderland.
Spring 2017 I completed a 1-year certificate program in Event Planning at Cuyahoga Community College's Hospitality Management school. Recently I have done installation work with Ingenuity & Brite Winter Festival in Cleveland as well as a Pop Up Shop with Gordon Square Arts District.
My favorite work these days lies in interior installation art, outfitting all kinds of spaces with new colorful wild and fun personality. I take great joy and am currently going on my 9th year as the host and DJ of "Pleasure Leftists", my weekly radio show at Cleveland's WCSB 89.3 . I sing and write music for a solo project Kiernan Paradise as well as my band "Pleasure Leftists" that takes it's name from the radio show. You can find our tracks on bandcamp, records out on Deranged Records, and plenty on youtube!
My ultimate goals when creating are constructing objects and experiences that are memorable, humorous and even more-so useful, something a person can interact with or take with them.
"I have spent much of my life wanting to be a filmmaker. I was drawn to film because of its possibilities. With a set, characters, a narrative, music, and more, one can create whole new worlds. Through this multifaceted work I found myself transported to places that provided me escape or catharsis. This feeling of escape has motivated and inspired all of my work.
Though I have moved away from filmmaking, I seek creative opportunities that allow me to provide others with the same sense of wonderment I have when I am engrossed in a film. I paint murals, build props, and curate my own soundtracks to create a kind of “set” that you can participate in. Because this work is so immersive, I think of my biggest projects like the events I put together, as a kind of interactive theatre.
We live in a world where physically “being there” is hardly required. Experiences that could inspire joy, collaboration, chance meetings, recreation, laughter, and community have been stripped away. Our dance halls, drive-ins, playgrounds, skating rinks, and arcades, have mostly disappeared.
Losing these shared spaces and activities, despite living in an increasingly “connected” world, I believe makes us all more disconnected from one another.
I hope that my work helps recreate a sense of community by reactivating and enlivening spaces that may be underused or forgotten. These settings I build, inspired by an “interactive” or “escape” mentality, are odes to an endangered way of life. "