5 Year Anniversary Art Exhibition – Artist Portfolio Magazine
Maidy Morhous – Del Mar, CA
Maidy Morhous has observed firsthand tragedies and inequities of mankind in many regions of the world. A seasoned traveler, she finds inspiration for her artistic expression through experiencing cultures in various locales across the globe.
As fate would have it, Morhous was visiting Japan during the earthquake and tsunami that decimated Sendai, Japan on March 11, 2011. Since that time she has created a series of commemorative bronze sculptures for the survivors of Sendai in the aftermath of their city’s destruction. These bronzes were dedicated at the Sendai International Center March 8, 2013.
Born in Upstate New York, as a child Morhous moved with her parents to Southern California, residing along the coast from Redondo Beach to San Diego since that time. Introduced to creating artwork by her mother at an early age, her primary interest from early on was in working three dimensionally. She creates out of her studio in Del Mar, California.
Her work centers on the human form as it continues to evolve towards abstraction. Morhous explains, “I begin with an idea, an emotion, an abstract concept. As a piece develops, my original concept evolves, solidifies, or in some cases, changes completely. I see my work as relating collectively rather than as individualistic, the embodiment of feelings and emotions. In this way, my artwork is meant to be symbolic rather than representative.”
My artwork is embedded in social critique, political and cultural issues. The resistance to the oppression of socially inscribed narratives and socially dominating practice presented sublimely to the viewer and open to interpretation. These themes often presented in a crème marbleized patina that establishes a dream-like surreal quality, suggests notions of purity and safety, and presents a modern look to the sculptures.
Morhous is currently showing in several exhibits across the country including a solo exhibition at Tohoku Fukushi University of Sendai, Japan. She is also featured in the award winning documentary film “One,” by Heartland Films Inc. Her recently commissioned sculpture “Humanity” is the subject of the documentary. Maidy’s work can be found in public and private collections in the United States, Japan, Europe and Canada.