Lorena Morales

The evolving nature of home and the significance of what this carries for an individual and their identity in a rapidly changing world is the impetus behind the work of contemporary visual artist, Lorena Morales. In her most recent series of works, Lorena Morales expertly translates the elements of line, form, shape, and space into dynamic expressions of place in time. Morales achieves this through the interplay of translucency and light in the geometric structures she meticulously constructs, creating spaces within that evoke different sentiments for each viewer. In the changing light of day and in varying lines of sight, color and shadow are delicately cast into abstract patterns that fill the space and create a sense of movement and ephemerality. With her collective works, Morales seeks to discover what it means to represent a concept that is so multidimensional—whether home is a sensation, a practice, or a state of being in the world. Her series challenges the viewer to further explore the simultaneously positive and negative feelings surrounding home; looking in, nothing may be what it appears from the outside. Lorena Morales studied painting and sculpture at The Glassell School of Art in Houston, TX. In August 2021, artwork by Morales was among 74 pieces chosen for the City of Houston’s Civic Art Collection that will be featured in Houston’s airports. Upcoming in Spring 2022, Morales has been selected for a Drawing Research Residency at L’AIR Arts in Paris, France. In 2016, she completed a site-specific installation for Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center’s permanent collection. In 2015, Morales was invited to participate in SITE Houston—an exhibition transforming the honeycombed footprint of thirty-four renovated grain silos into a site-specific contemporary art installation. In 2011, she was invited by The Glassell School of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Carlos Cruz-Diez Foundation, of Paris, France, to participate in a seminar in Contemporary Art at Glassell. Morales currently lives in Houston.
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Luciano's Tigers...

Luciano's Tigers House, 2021, spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 10" x 10.5" x 15"
Luciano's Tigers House, 2021, spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 10" x 10.5" x 15"

You are My Inspiration

You are My Inspiration, 2021, Sharpie markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 10" x 10.5" x 15"
You are My Inspiration, 2021, Sharpie markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 10" x 10.5" x 15"

Topographies of a...

Topographies of a Place to Know: Neighborhood, 2021, Micron on Mylar sheet, 30" x 42"

Dreaming by The River

Dreaming by The River, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 6" x 6.5" x 13"
Dreaming by The River, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 6" x 6.5" x 13"

Still Here

Still Here, 2021, Sharpie markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 10" x 10.5" x 15"

Embracing I

Embracing I, 2019, Micron and Lumocolor markers on Fabriano paper, 14" x 20"

Embracing II

Embracing II, 2019, Micron and Lumocolor markers on Fabriano paper, 14" x 20"

Embracing III

Embracing III, 2019, Micron and Lumocolor markers on Fabriano paper, 14" x 20"

Embracing IV

Embracing IV, 2019, Micron and Lumocolor markers on Fabriano paper, 14" x 20"

Topographies of a...

Topographies of a Place to Know I, 2020, Micron on Mylar sheet, 19" x 22"

Topographies of a...

Topographies of a Place to Know II, 2020, Micron on Mylar sheet, 19" x 22"

Topographies of a...

Topographies of a Place to Know III, 2020, Micron on Mylar sheet, 19" x 22"

Home as a Paradox

Home as a Paradox, 2021, oil based markers and colored threads, 7" x 5" each / 30" x 60" grouping of 20
Home as a Paradox, 2021, oil based markers and colored threads, 7" x 5" each / 30" x 60" grouping of 20
Home as a Paradox, 2021, oil based markers and colored threads, 7" x 5" each / 30" x 60" grouping of 20
Home as a Paradox, 2021, oil based markers and colored threads, 7" x 5" each / 30" x 60" grouping of 20
Home as a Paradox, 2021, oil based markers and colored threads, 7" x 5" each / 30" x 60" grouping of 20
Home as a Paradox, 2021, oil based markers and colored threads, 7" x 5" each / 30" x 60" grouping of 20

I Feel Cold Inside

I Feel Cold Inside, 2021, Sharpie markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 10" x 10.5" x 15"

Saladillo I

Saladillo I, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 4" x 4.5" x 11"

Saladillo II

Saladillo II, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 4" x 4.5" x 11"

Saladillo III

Saladillo III, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 4" x 4.5" x 11"

Saladillo IV

Saladillo IV, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 4" x 4.5" x 11"

Saladillo V

Saladillo V, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 4" x 4.5" x 11"

Saladillo VI

Saladillo VI, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 4" x 4.5" x 11"

This Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 6" x 6.5" x 13"
This Too Shall Pass, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 6" x 6.5" x 13"
This Too Shall Pass, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 6" x 6.5" x 13"

Home at Heart

Home at Heart, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 6" x 6.5" x 13"
Home at Heart, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 6" x 6.5" x 13"
Home at Heart, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 6" x 6.5" x 13"

The Home of Joys

The Home of Joys, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 10" x 10.5" x 15"
The Home of Joys, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 10" x 10.5" x 15"
The Home of Joys, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 10" x 10.5" x 15"

I Wish You Were Here

I Wish You Were Here, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 10" x 10.5" x 15"

Lorena Morales, "...

Embracing Series #1, 2020, 11 x 11", micron and lumocolor markers on vellum film

Lorena Morales, "...

Embracing Series #2, 2020, 11 x 11", micron and lumocolor markers on vellum film

Lorena Morales, "...

Embracing Series #3, 2020, 12 x 15", micron and lumocolor markers on vellum film

Lorena Morales, "...

Lorena Morales, "My Other Home: Incomplete Cities (Falcon)", 2019, micron marker on mylar, 20 3/8 x 16 3/8 x 4"

My Other Home Doesn&...

My Other Home Doesn't Have Color Anymore, 2019, ink drawing, sprayed enamel on acrylic rods, 12" rods / grouping: 20 x 26"
My Other Home Doesn't Have Color Anymore (detail), 2019, ink drawing, sprayed enamel on acrylic rods, 12" rods / grouping: 20 x 26"

Lorena Morales, "...

Lorena Morales, "My Other Home I: Incomplete Cities", 2019, ink drawing on embossed paper, s.s. 11 1/4 x 15" / f.s. 12 3/4 x 16 3/4"

Lorena Morales, "...

Lorena Morales, "My Other Home II: Incomplete Cities", 2019, ink drawing on embossed paper, s.s. 11 1/4 x 15" / f.s. 12 3/4 x 16 3/4"

My Other Home: Blackout

My Other Home: Blackout, 2019, etching on aluminum, sprayed enamel on acrylic rod, 24 x 28 1/2"
My Other Home: Blackout (detail), 2019, etching on aluminum, sprayed enamel on acrylic rod, 24 x 28 1/2"

Chromolight 16PG10-1

Chromolight 16PG10-1, 2018, spray enamel on acrylic rods over aluminum, 16 1/2 x 20 1/4"
Chromolight 16PG10-1, 2018, spray enamel on acrylic rods over aluminum, 16 1/2 x 20 1/4"

Chromolight 10MC10-6

Chromolight 10MC10-6, 2018, spray enamel on acrylic rods over aluminum, 11 x 24 1/2"
Chromolight 10MC10-6, 2018, spray enamel on acrylic rods over aluminum, 11 x 24 1/2"

Chromolight 16PB8-1

Chromolight 16PB8-1, 2018, spray enamel on acrylic rods over aluminum, 16 1/2 x 20 1/4"
Chromolight 16PB8-1, 2018, spray enamel on acrylic rods over aluminum, 16 1/2 x 20 1/4"
Chromolight 16PB8-1, 2018, spray enamel on acrylic rods over aluminum, 16 1/2 x 20 1/4"

Lorena Morales, "...

Lorena Morales, "Against All Odds", 2015, gouache, colored acetate, watercolor pencil on paper, 18 x 15"

Shades of Sin

Shades of Sin, 2015, gouache, acetate on paper, 17 x 12"

Sweet Challenge

Sweet Challenge, 2015, oil, pencil, plexiglas, acetate on paper, 34 x 26 1/2"

Nowhere

Nowhere, 2016, spray enamel on plexiglas, 32 x 32"
Nowhere (view 2), 2016, spray enamel on plexiglas, 32 x 32"

Anywhere

Anywhere, 2016, spray enamel on plexiglas, 32 x 32"
Anywhere (view 2), 2016, spray enamel on plexiglas, 32 x 32"

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I Can Smell the Forest...

I Can Smell the Forest and See the Sky, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 10" x 10.5" x 15"
I Can Smell the Forest and See the Sky, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 10" x 10.5" x 15"
I Can Smell the Forest and See the Sky, 2021, oil based markers and spray paint on Plexiglas, zip ties, 10" x 10.5" x 15"

Somewhere

Somewhere, 2016, spray enamel on plexiglas, 28 x 28"
Somewhere, 2016, spray enamel on plexiglas, 28 x 28"

Flight Plan: Migratory...

Flight Plan: Migratory Birds, 2014, spray enamel on plexiglass, 37 x 61"