Kathleen Morris | The Core of Being / by Tasha Ostrander

Photo: Tasha Ostrander©2017

Photo: Tasha Ostrander©2017

Oil paint has been the consistent medium in my paintings, as it tends to be very visceral and a lot about the paint. Most recently, I have included wax and asphalt. My work starts out in an abstract manner and ends up almost always figurative, although I don't work from models. It is important for my process to be able to change and move through time and space, as the painting dictates. The paintings represent a deep resolve of mine to pare back to the core of being; to get lost in it, to share it, to not care where I am going with it, and to give myself over to the bigger than me of it. In painting one is able to explore, the medium is malleable, the history of thought and the battle that goes into the work is sometimes visible on the surface. For me, it’s like a journey, every single painting.

-Kathleen Morris, 2017

Umbilicus, 2017, oil on canvas, 84 x 64 in.

Umbilicus, 2017, oil on canvas, 84 x 64 in.

The Disappearance, 2017, oil and gold foil on canvas, 36 x 48 in.

The Disappearance, 2017, oil and gold foil on canvas, 36 x 48 in.

Nina Simone at Sea, 2017, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 in.

Nina Simone at Sea, 2017, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 in.

"Morris’s faces often epitomize the rubric that eyes are the 'window of the soul'. If you stand and look at these figures, you are included as a participant in the drama. The persona of this work taps into the nature of meeting and leaving; into the implications of witnessing, whether willing or not; into the ambiguity, awkwardness and messiness of always operating with no clear path". -Malin-Wilson Powell, Albuquerque Journal, 2011

Photo: Tasha Ostrander©2107

Photo: Tasha Ostrander©2107