Margaret Morrison

By the time painter Morrison started high school, she had visited almost all of the world’s great museums. Based in the Philippines, her family made a point of introducing her to art on their travels throughout Europe and Asia. “I felt as if my head had been opened up,” she says, “and all this amazing visual information had been poured in. I loved all of it but was particularly fascinated with pagan and early Christian iconography, reveling in the imagery and symbolism.”

Morrison places her models, often family and friends, in historical or cultural situations that underline the universality of the human experience. Brilliant technically, she portrays emotion in what appears to be a single still frame of a larger narrative

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