Hooks-Epstein Galleries will present an exhibition of mixed media work by Venezuelan-American artist, Lorena Morales. "The Home I Carry with Me" will open Saturday, October 23, 2021. An “Open House” for the exhibition will take place from 11:00 A.M. to 6:30 P.M. 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. She 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.
Saturday, October 23, 2021 to Saturday, November 20, 2021