Art has always been relevant in my life; however, it was in 2003 when I moved to Houston from Venezuela that I believe my art practice became grounded. Even though, or maybe especially because, over time my perception of home has changed, all of my artworks relate to the journey of finding my way home. Recollections of familiar sounds, everyday scents and reoccurring images, from both my birth home and my adoptive home, become abstract as they interweave within me and bubble to the surface in my mind. Through the use of vivid colors and geometric shapes over transparent surfaces, my works propose a visual passage evoking memories, emotions, and expectations.
Nostalgia and joy are intrinsic in my work; they are on display in my use of color and in the relationship between lines and shapes; they appear and disappear as light changes or the viewer moves; they may shift positions, but their presence is still perceived in each piece through the relationship between the materiality of the media choices and the immateriality of the dynamic relationship of light and shadows.
Houston based artist Lorena Morales was born in Venezuela where she graduated from Rafael Urdaneta University with a degree in Business Administration. After immigrating to the United States, she attained certificates in painting and sculpture from the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 2011, she was awarded scholarships from The Carlos Cruz-Diez Foundation and the Glassell School to participate in the Advance Seminar in Contemporary Art: The Doors of Perception. She was also a finalist for the 2010 Hunting Art Prize. Morales’ artworks have been featured in several individual and group exhibitions in the USA, Germany and Venezuela.
She was one of the artists selected for SITE Houston 2015. In 2016, she was commissioned by Houston First Corporation to install her piece "Flight Plan" at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston as part of their permanent public art collection. Lorena Morales is represented by Hooks-Epstein Gallery in Houston, Texas and CAMIBAart Gallery in Austin, Texas.
Artworks by Lorena Morales are included in the following CAMIBAart exhibits:
Lorena Morales: Glimmers of Time – February 2018