My artwork explores my notions about life through the creation of illustrated porcelain paintings and sculptures. Using figures, flowers, symbolism, and domestic scenery, I present personal themes of identity, femininity, and mental health to discuss what are ultimately universal experiences. I illustrate open narratives and invite viewers to imagine their own stories and relationships. I draw inspiration from historical artworks and tales, contemporary illustration and animation, domestic scenery, and personal experiences. Flowers also play a large role in my work. They have rich historical correlations to communication and mental health, and brief, beautiful life cycles, mimicking our own. They are a reminder to appreciate life and acknowledge death. Themes like life, longing, love, fragility, strength, and otherness have been depicted in art throughout history, and motivate my work as well. I hope my artwork causes viewers to pause, reflect, and relate.
-- Sara Morales-Morgan
Sara Morales-Morgan is an artist from San Jose, California, and Hartselle, Alabama, currently located in Baltimore, Maryland. She earned her Master’s degree in Ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from the University of South Alabama. She has exhibited her work in over 70 exhibitions nationally and has been published in Ceramics Monthly and in “500 Figures in Clay, Volume 2” by LARK Books. She has been a resident artist at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts’ “Pentaculum,” at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts as a Kiln God Award recipient, and at Baltimore Clayworks as the 2016 – 2017 Lormina Salter Fellow. She makes work out of her home studio in Northeast Baltimore, is married to her best friend, and is a roommate of 2 opinionated felines.