Spark’s Gallery show “Physique” features sublime sculptures by Maidy Morhous
One of San Diego’s premiere galleries is featuring the artwork of internationally known sculptor Maidy Morhous. The gallery will be featuring four sculptures by the artist in the upcoming show “Physique” which encompasses unique portrayals of the human form. Morhous’ artwork stands out with her larger than life bronze sculpture “Expectations…in the wind” portrayal of life’s lost dreams. The sculpture sets upon a marble base, twisting and rising as the form trails off into the wind. The crème marbleized patina is striking through its ethereal aspect as well as rich marblesque quality.
An accomplished printmaker as well as sculptor Maidy Morhous was born in Upstate New York. She currently creates out of her studio in north county 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 study casting techniques at the Fonderia Artistica -Marinelli Foundry, in Florence. Morhous became fascinated with how bronze; a cold hard metal could take on such a soft sensuous appearance, and has since worked exclusively with bronze as her form of creative expression.
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.”
Morhous’ 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.
Morhous is currently showing in several exhibits across the country including a solo exhibition at Tohoku University, 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.
To view more of Maidy Morhous sculptures go to: www.MaidyMorhous.com
Spark’s Gallery is located in downtown San Diego at 530 6th Ave., The show will run August 4 – November 6th with an opening reception for the artists August 4th from 6-9pm. Reservations are required through the website: www.sparksgallery.com or http://sparksgallery.com/exhibitions/exhibition-physique-a-group-show#rsvp