L. Scooter Morris

The first to develop "sculpted paintings", as well as coin the term, L. Scooter Morris describes her inventive process as the multi-dimensional building up of layers, planes, and color on canvas. Her artistic vision comes to life in her surfaces and textural qualities. And through her approach, Morris has developed a distinctive niche in the art world.

This remarkable combination of weaving, sculpting, and design sets each painting apart as the eye receives line and shadow differently in sculpted painting than in a 2-dimensional painting. What results is a heightened emotional response from viewers. Those who love Morris’ work are often inspired by the powerful sense of what is both familiar and extraordinary.

Morris considers that extraordinary quality to be the formation of a paradoxical balance of joy and a reconciling of sometimes divisive themes. Her work vibrates with creative tension that invites collectors to enter the work at the point of their own experience, then create the world with her.

The combination of inspiration and provocation exists across the body of her work.

In the early 1990s, Scooter Morris gave us sculpted landscapes, using the contour of our country blended with the experiences of generations to zero in on our shared identity--finding optimism despite hard years, injustice, or broken promises.

As Morris’ audience grew, she reached beyond the beauty of line and light and the color of landscapes. By the 2000’s she introduced a new member to her “choir of hope:” merging fine art with the iconic image. With the addition of the iconic image, her work began to receive critical acclaim in collections, installations and public spaces such as the Louvre Museum, Paris, Scope, Basel, and Time Square, New York.

Among the iconic images, Morris repainted the American flag as a landscape while pointing to the ideals it represents. The flag served as a backdrop and stretched the landscape into time and space over a span centuries of United States history. Most recently, she incorporated another iconic symbol – the American Dollar.

Each iconic painting balances the range of emotions found in our American history – through war and peace, the rise and fall of industries, fads and trends, always with an undercurrent of our shared ideals. Each piece is broadly meaningful within the context of a viewer’s personal experience.

When individuals meet with iconic images, men/women, young/old, all find a different and recognizable language. “When a painting is successful,” says Morris, “it’s often because your intention as an artist comes through the painting.” And Morris’ paintings succeed precisely because they invite new perspectives informed by old feelings. She is asking us all, now and always, to take the high road.

A keenly dedicated artist, Morris comes with a clear mission – an optimism for unity despite our differences within the American identity. She hopes the beauty of the form and the lines, the words and the images, the symbols and her intention will inspire and compel the collectors.

With two decades of a solid body of work behind her, Morris has crossed a milestone in the fine art world through the combination of the quality of her work, the power of her symbolic imagery, and the individual presentation of each piece. Her work transcends beauty and provocation and comes to represent something bigger than art. In doing so, she has given us work that is mature, timeless, insightful, and expansive.

THE ARTIST ON HER WORK

“I make iconic images that touch people instantly, resonating with viewers who already recognize what these images mean to them. The work of the sculpted painting is to bring our awareness of the symbolism alive in a new way.”
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“Art is nonverbal communication, evoking an emotional and personal (and sometimes) healing response.”