A native of Venezuela, Lorena Morales graduated from Rafael Urdaneta University with a degree in Business Administration before immigrating to the United States and studying at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 2011, she was awarded a scholarship from The Carlos Cruz-Diez foundation and the Glassell School to participate in the Advance Seminar in Contemporary Art: The Doors or Perception. Lorena Morales’ artworks have been exhibited nationally and internationally including extensively in Texas.
Artist Statement Art has always been relevant in my life; however, it was in 2003 when I moved to the USA 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.