Maidy Morhous has observed firsthand tragedies and inequities of mankind in many regions of the world.
A seasoned traveler, she finds inspiration for her artistic expression through experiencing cultures in various locales across the globe.
As fate would have it, Morhous was visiting Japan during the earthquake and tsunami that decimated Sendai, Japan on March 11, 2011.
Since that time she has created a series of commemorative bronze sculptures for the survivors of Sendai in the aftermath of their city’s destruction.
A member of the board of the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, Morhous has founded the “Art for US” program, which formalizes the donation of one of her sculptures annually to an organization that exemplifies concern for their community while serving local needs. Recipients have included Rady Children’s Hospital, Scripps Hospital Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Foundation, as well as the Sendai Memorial of Sendai, Japan.
Morhous notes, “One does not have to be an art enthusiast to be touched or emotionally moved by art; art is for everyone.”
Born in Upstate New York, as a child Morhous moved with her parents to Southern California, residing along the coast from Redondo Beach to San Diego since that time.
Introduced to creating artwork by her mother at an early age, her primary interest from early on was in working three dimensionally.
During college years Morhous studied under the tutelage of master printmaker Richard Swift and Stanley Hayter, founder of Atelier 17 in Paris, France and subsequently earned her Master of Fine Art Degree.
She progressed quickly to full professional status as an artist, exclusively represented by Fidelity Arts of Beverly Hills for over a decade.
Although she has worked in various mediums including printmaking, ceramics, stained glass and photography, she feels more at ease expressing herself through sculpture.
She creates her expressive forms in oil clay prior to the lost-wax casting process, which results finally in a bronze sculpture.
Morhous confides, “I am inspired by the depth and breadth of bronze sculpting. The soft malleable aspect of clay allows my work to develop naturally while the strength and power of the metal evoke sensuality, passion.”
Her work centers on the human form as it continues to evolve towards abstraction. Morhous explains, “I begin with an idea, an emotion, an abstract concept. As the 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 contemplates, “The act of creating is an emotional release; it centers the artist, giving an inner peace which allows us to reflect not only on who we are, but how we think and feel.
“It’s very important to move into personal space and to make time for meditation. My readings of Eastern philosophy give me peace and inspire me to think beyond expressing myself in humanistic terms. To become inspired I daydream and always have something to write with to jot down ideas. I love silence. I need to be alone when I create and let things develop.”
Morhous continues, “I derive inspiration from the act of creating — in essence, bringing together two diametrically oppositional forces. The pride of being an artist comes not from what one sells, but the inner peace one derives from the act of creating.”
Morhous is currently showing in several exhibits across the country including the Whistler Museum in Lowell, Mass. and a solo exhibition at Tohoku University of Sendai, Japan.
She is also featured in the award winning documentary film “One,” directed and produced by Sue Vicory for Heartland Films Inc.
Her recently commissioned sculpture “Humanity” is the subject of an upcoming documentary by Vicory.
Visit maidymorhous.com to learn more about the artist and her work.
Kay Colvin is director of L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, and specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists. Contact her at email@example.com