Iva Morris Bio

My paintings have often been described as narrative realism; they do tell a story, and they are painted in a realistic way. The stories that they depict are about my life:as a teacher, a mother, a wife an artist. I like to think of them as a series of billboards of social and reflective commentary.

For the past several years I have been working on a series of paintings that deal with both cultural expectations and their visual counterparts. In depicting familiar iconography in unfamiliar ways, I ask the viewer to re-examine both casual and ingrained perceptions instead. Reality stripped of the comfortable mantle of expectation is both reveling and sad. Humor and whimsy are the pictorial arsenal used tom soften the blow.