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Steven Morris — artist bio
Opposing forces speak to me frequently as an artist—be they, when light meets dark, fluidity meets solid ground or an immovable object confronts an unstoppable force. These natural juxtapositions can be metaphoric of many human experiences, especially related to when we find ourselves, literally and figuratively, in between these forces.
Within this endless exploration of opposing forces we experience, many of us are not satisfied with the simple choices of this or that, but rather we extend ourselves into wanting a both-and circumstance. These both-and opportunities often create what the Japanese call “wabi-sabi,” meaning to discover the perfect (or grace or divine) within the imperfect.
The invitation within this deeper unfolding, and within my artwork, has more to do with how we see and define the deeper meanings of events and circumstances, versus how they are perceived from the surface-level view. The gifts of imperfection encourage us to show up in the world with a fierce vulnerability and delve into those experiences with a wide horizon of perspective.
My artwork lives between the worlds of natural environments and the unseen intuitive and spiritual worlds. As well, being trained as both an artist and designer I’m constantly drawing upon the meaningful narratives of story and human emotion. I make art that takes the viewer on a cathartic journey within the intuitive self and throughout a moving world of “painting something as it’s felt, not as it is,” as Georgia O’Keeffe stated.
I am a San Diego-based painter with more than three decades of creating art and design. I have an MFA from Temple University, Tyler School of Art.