Classically trained, abstract landscape artist Caroline Morgan draws inspiration from the natural world around her. After receiving her BFA in 2012, Morgan has gone on to become a successful international artist. Within the U.S. Caroline has shown in numerous galleries up and down the east coast. Travel has created new subjects for Caroline to paint all over the globe. Victoria, Canada, however, has become a particular favorite subject within her work. Caroline is also known for her birch tree paintings, inspired by the Adirondacks in the northeast United States.
Landscape painting, for Morgan, is not just a way to depict the world around her, rather a method of interpreting the world. As she recalls her travels, she transforms images of the natural world into a new fragmented surface of abstract shapes, painterly colors and textures and sudden perspective breaks. Throughout her career, Morgan has continued to experiment with new techniques and colors palettes, continually pushing and growing her style. By introducing a new, unique and personal meaning to a place, the work opens up an opportunity for the viewer to see the landscape in a new light.
“Every place around the world that is visible to us fits within a system. In my work I use elements of landscape and architecture as starting points in the project of mapping space. I see all the components of the external world installed together like a 3- dimensional puzzle. In analyzing the world, I am trying to simplify it into its essential parts and then re-complicate it through formal and material choices in my work. I take inputs from the natural world and transform them into a new fragmented surface of abstract shapes, textures, and mysterious breaks in perspectives.
I intend for a viewer to sense the presence of the landscape in my work, but to be thrown off by the abnormalities. I want my paintings to sustain interest over a long period, slowly revealing the small – scale worlds and multiple perspectives that exist within the structure of the whole painting. These elements of mystery are intended to keep the viewer caught in a state of questioning: what kind of space is this? What is happening within this environment? Approaching the work, the audience hovers between the familiar and the otherworldly. What is viewed or interpreted is an experience within itself and can be determined by the audience every time these paintings are studied.