Kate Morris – Painting

Bright Bold Colour. That’s what I love. After seeing Joyce Wieland’s quilt “Reason over Passion”, 1968 and Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party”, 1979, I put my paintbrush down. I just had to learn how to quilt and work with fabric. I wanted to join this force of amazing women artists working in and elevating traditional women’s craft to art. I learned, produced, sold and exhibited contemporary art quilts for many years.

Then I came back to painting, attending OCAD University and currently work with acrylic paint on canvas, creating abstract works inspired by my earlier work with fabric and surface design.

I start each painting with a series of rectangles or squares, reminiscent of quilt blocks. I build up this grid quickly with a series of layers, embracing mistakes, drips and spill which I consider to be opportunities for new directions and ideas. I paint fearlessly and not always with a brush, paint flies, music plays. Often I have as many as 10 canvases on the go.

I continue to create with the memory and inspiration of so many women artists involved with craft.

Kate Morris is a Port Hope artist working in acrylic on canvas and paper. In addition to painting, her art practice includes contemporary art quilts and fabric collage.

Throughout her career, Kate has enjoyed and prioritized working with people to share her knowledge and love of art and craft.

A quilt instructor for many years and co-author of an introductory quilt manual, Kate explored many aspects of surface design, including batik to enhance her fibre art practice.
Kate was instrumental in organizing and implementing lunchtime and after school art programs for elementary children.

In addition, she set up and facilitated art programs for adults with mental handicaps and physical disabilities.

Currently, through an Ada Slaight grant from OCAD University, Kate is working on a project with patients at Providence Healthcare in Toronto. The art workshops with patients will culminate in a large mural to be displayed at the hospital and later auctioned off as a fundraiser at Providence Healthcare’s Gala in November of 2018.

Kate studied fine art at the University of Guelph and drawing and painting at OCAD University and has exhibited in Alberta and Ontario.