From a wide collection of intriguing objects I create sculpture, paintings and collage works. I see metaphor and paradox all around me and portray them visually through either direct or ironic language.
My work celebrates the visual complexity of objects in tension with their very ordinariness. I am amused by juxtaposition, and the viewer may happen upon an occasional visual joke.
Objects and artifacts often want to tell their own story. As a student of history I notice narratives in everyday life, so my work sometimes contains the seeds of a story. Other narratives are more about color or line, offer political commentary, or speak to the state of the world.
I admire and draw inspiration from the structures of I.M. Pei and Tadao Ando, and the depictions of human life by Cindy Sherman, Bill Watterson and Matthew McConaughey. David Johns' and Andy Goldsworthy's work first helped me understand how art need not be literal. Ricardo Cate is a household god, and Cher is my Spirit Animal.
At a Duane Hanson exhibit at a New York museum, I once surreptitiously froze mime-like next to one of Hanson's life-size "human" sculptures. When an up-close admirer started raving to her husband about how amazingly Hanson had shaped my hair, I winked at her. "Scream!"
marie morgan - fine artist
Look for hidden or disguised stories in the world.
Realize that life can be complicated and still be fun.
My first attempt at neighborhood architecture