Lorena Morales, Venezuela / United States
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 is not interested as much in the concept of home as physical place; she is interested also in exploring spaces that are intangible, metaphoric and psychological. With her 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 is a multidisciplinary visual artist currently based in Houston, Texas, USA. Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Morales holds certificates in painting and sculpture from the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, as well as a degree in Business Administration. She completed the Block XIX Program at the Glassell School of Art, and was also awarded a grant by the Carlos Cruz-Diez Foundation and the Glassell School of Art for participation in an Advanced Seminar in Contemporary Art. Morales’ work has been exhibited extensively in Texas, as well as nationally and internationally, in Venezuela and Germany. Her work is held in the permanent collection of the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston (since 2016), City of Houston’s Civic Art Collection, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (2021) as well as in many other public and private collections. Lorena Morales work is represented by Hooks-Epstein Galleries in Houston, Texas; Camiba Gallery in Austin, Texas; Contemporaneo Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina; Art NouveauGallery in Miami, Florida.