Regional Work #2
On View: Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Northwest, 4th Floor
Ree Morton’s series of twelve two-part seascape paintings was executed in San Diego in 1976. These deliberately romantic works are sensory impressions of seaside sunsets, and Morton zooms into ocean depths to depict fish in a naturally sublime palette. These wry updates to the storied art-historical theme of the sea are framed by Morton’s groundbreaking use of Celastic to represent billowing curtains. A plastic-composite fabric, when dampened Celastic can be shaped and formed—but quickly, and with significant resistance. Morton relished the challenge of working with a material that was not passive but required work and process, and thereby challenged dominant ways of making paintings.
Oil on wood with celastic
Overall: 40 x 50 in. (101.6 x 127 cm)
(a) Panel with fish: 18 1/2 x 49 3/4 in. (47 x 126.4 cm)
(b) Panel with seascape: 17 x 50 in. (43.2 x 127 cm)
Gift of the Estate of Ree Morton
(a) panel with fish image; (b) panel with seascape
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