Rebecca Morris

Rebecca MorrisArtist’s Statement

What excites me in painting is creating open structures and forms that have the ability to speak with the larger world. Although my paintings are not part of the Minimalist tradition, I want them to embody a similar type of singularity and directness. They should be striking and powerful, creating a staying power within their architectural environment and for the viewer. I strive to make works that vary from piece to piece and that are full of formal contradictions, with the goal of creating an experience that is both alive and potent.

The changes that happen in my work usually feel quite natural because of the way the paintings evolve in the studio. The risk of trying something new is repeatedly rewarded by the surprise of success and the satisfaction of following my gut feeling. The freedom to be able to do this is what my studio practice rests upon.

In all of my work, I am careful not to dictate or imply what the viewer’s experience should be, or should include. For this reason I do not title my work. Ultimately it is this openness and availability to multiple interpretations that draws me to abstraction itself.



Solo Exhibitions

Southafternoon, Kunsthalle Lingen, Lingen, Germany; traveling to the Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL

Rebecca Morris, Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York, NY

Shards and Skywindows, Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Germany

Group Exhibitions

Made in Space, curated by Laura Owens and Peter Harkawik, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Phantom Limb: Approaches to Painting Today, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Channel To The New Image, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, NY

Ambigu: Contemporary Painting Between Abstraction and Narration, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland


C.O.L.A. Visual Artist Fellowship, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, CA

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, New York, NY


The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL: M.F.A.

The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL: Post Baccalaureate Studio Certificate

Smith College, Northampton, MA: B.A.