Sarah Morris

Biography of Sarah Morris

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 de-emphasized and fragmented into glossy, color saturated grid paintings.

While the titles of Sarah Morris' works refer to the original buildings on which they are based, the images hover between representation and abstraction, between shimmering facades and composed color fields through a process of graphic reduction. Following the principles of single-point perspective, the sheer hard-edged vibrancy of the compositions and colors suggests cityscapes with looming planes of gigantic proportions. Sarah Morris lives and works in New York and London.

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