Featured Artist - Maidy Morhous
An accomplished printmaker, painter, as well as sculptor, Maidy Morhous was born in New York. She currently creates out of her studio thirty minutes north of San Diego, California. Morhous received her Master of Fine Arts degree while continuing studies at Stanley Hayter’s Atelier 17 in Paris, France in the mid-1970’s. Before returning to the States she traveled to Italy to further her studies in casting techniques at the Fonderia Artistica -Marinelli Foundry, in Florence. Maidy Morhous expresses herself through the medium of bronze which allows her to portray the extremes of the soft flow of water to the harsh asphalt pavement of our world. The artwork encompasses the pop theme of presenting commonplace objects as fine art. It is meant to engage the viewer and allow them to contemplate and pull from within, and for a moment disengage from the outside world. Referred to as contemporary still life sculptures Morhous continually searches to portray her environment in the world today. These sculptures expose the view to and pull them in to react and question what is being viewed – be it life and one’s existence, the world’s plight or just to bring a smile. Idiomatic titles prompt metaphorical interpretations to these works with hints at multilayered meanings. Morhous’ sculptures cannot be taken in with one glance - What you see is definitely not what you get. Morhous is currently showing in Museum exhibitions and galleries across the country. Maidy’s work can be found in public and private collections in the United States, Japan, England, Europe, Australia and Canada.