The work of Sarah Morris (born 1967 in London, UK) is concerned with decoding the built environment. Focusing on the urban experience, her work explores techniques of communication - the relationship between signs and symbols and their referents in the physical world. The 1997-99 Midtown series focused on the architecture of Manhattan skyscrapers as signifiers of urban life and corporate power. Architectural qualities became… Read more
About the artwork
In Rock Creek (Capital), Sarah Morris continues her explorations of the urban landscape. The characteristic, abstract work depicts a cluster of intersecting lines, providing a sense of depth and lack of coherence. The work relates to Morris' interest in cityscapes and is part of her series titled Capital, comprising of similarly colorful, grid-like paintings featuring landmarks in Washington DC. Interested in capitalist ideology, Morris explores the way in which the architecture convey messages about wealth and the distribution of power. It is appropriate that she would continue her exploration of this topic in the powerful capital of the United States.