My practice as a multi-disciplinary artist harnesses the visual language of abstraction. In my
sculptures and paintings, I investigate the range of formal relationships between hues, forms and
negative space. I take inspiration from the images I see in my mind’s eye and the connections I build
between my work as a biologist and an artist.
My work often takes a keen interest in biological structures and cultural landscapes, building upon an
initial sketch or image to create final works that are alternately structured and spontaneous. These
final compositions are the result of a continuous dialogue occurring throughout my process in which I
develop several artworks in parallel, allowing them to grow into their own unique visual characteristics.
Made from a range of materials such as industrial felt, metal wire, wood, and papier-mâché, my
sculptures explore themes of volume and line in space. I am driven to produce sculpture that is
informed by my interest in the interplay between two- and three-dimensional space as I carefully
assemble elements to build new forms.
I push my materials to the limit, exploring delicate latticework in assembling wood, for example, while
also investigating transparency in the spatial structures I create. I strive to push a continuous line into
three-dimensional space to create volume in my sculptures. While each stands independently, I also
view these works as potential springboards for future large-scale public art installations.
I primarily work in oil painting to benefit from its qualities that allow rich modulations of color. I often
consider my work in musical terms, seeking to find harmony from the latent tension generated by
contrasting and complementary colors, organic and geometric forms, and delicate and bold motifs. I
build the surface utilizing a wide range of implements, using gestures and marks, adding nuance and
subtlety into the final artwork.
My practice reflects the search for a deeper understanding of our commonalities, exploring the
essential qualities pervading our shared human nature and experience. These values are expressed
using the visual language of abstraction to reveal what we share within our humanity and with nature. I
strive to communicate these themes across my work, and to reveal our capacity to reimagine
ourselves, our society, and our future.
Maria Morabito’s works include abstract paintings and sculptures inspired by biological structures and
cultural landscapes. She lives and works in New York, NY.
Maria’s work has recently been included in group exhibitions such as Art from the Boros at Denise
Bibro Fine Arts, New York, NY (2016-2019), and Crashing the Party (The Sculptors Guild) at The
Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY (2019). Her work is represented in several corporate and private
collections in the United States and Europe, and has been reviewed in the New Haven Register and
The Daily Nutmeg.
She received Honorable Mention in the International exhibition, “How Simple Can You Get?” curated
by Robert Storr, Dean of Yale School of Art.
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