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Artist Profile - Maidy Morhous, Sculptor

24 Jul 2017 2:43 PM | Admin Juli Ricksecker (Administrator)

Many artists dream of becoming known in the art world through selling their artwork…as I say many artists dream. But for artist Maidy Morhous, with a little perseverance her dream came true. 

Born in New York and raised in Southern California. Maidy studied under the tutelage of cognoscenti’ Richard Swift / Stanley Hayter, founder of Atelier 17 Paris, France. During summer months between classes she traveled to Paris, Italy, and Spain to learn firsthand from contemporary artists and about the Masters she was studying. She received her Master of Fine Art Degree and set out to become a professor at a local college. Only problem was that most colleges were not hiring. Needing an income, she packed her portfolio and started literally hitting the pavement. She combed the streets of Los Angeles calling on designers and art galleries. She finally stumbled upon an international art gallery in Beverly Hills, California that proceeded to buy every edition she produced for the next ten years, before she made the decision to move to San Diego. Over the years she has worked in various mediums; printmaking, ceramics, stained glass, photography, and sculpture. Her artwork is in private and public collections both nationally and internationally. In San Diego her sculptures can be seen at Rady Children’s Hospital, the Alzheimer’s Foundation, and Scripps Clinic - Carmel Valley. Internationally she is working on placement of a series of bronzes she created for the people of Sendai, Japan after the Tsunami hit the small city. In fact, Maidy was in Japan during the earthquake and subsequent Tsunami that hit March 11, 2011. 

“I arrived in Tokyo Japan on March 7, 2011 to visit a society infused by elements of nature, honor, grace and ritual. As an artist, I came away with an admiration and great respect for the people; their sense of order, beauty, and love of nature.  Little did I know that I would be part of one of the most devastating natural disasters in Japan’s history.  

Having experienced the Tohoku Earthquake; watching the subsequent tsunami in Sendai and the Fukishima power plant scenario unfold, I felt true helplessness.   I came away from the experience totally distraught feeling that I needed to do more than just donate monetarily. "

As a sculptor, she created a series of bronze sculptures that will be housed in the City of Sendai, and dedicated to the people of Sendai so future generations and visitors alike will not forget the devastation this community endured.

Maidy is working alongside the chairperson from the sister city of Japan (Riverside,CA) to establish placement of the series for dedication on March 11, 2013. 

She currently serves on the Board of The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild as marketing/PR chair, and continues to travel extensively photographing to supply her with inspiration and subject matter. 

" The act of creating is an emotional release; it centers one, giving an inner peace which allows us to reflect not only on who we are but how we think and feel.  I realize now, that the pride of being an artist comes not from what one sells, but the inner peace one derives from the act of creating."

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