“Sarah Morris is a painter and filmmaker who finds inspiration from architectural landscapes of the world's major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Beijing. An observer of the vibrations and dynamism unique to each urban center, Morris' work is highly concerned with exploring the relationship between conceptual signs and physical signifiers.
After receiving a degree in Philosophy and Semiotics from Brown University in 1989, she started her career in creating graphic paintings that evoke the format and language of newspapers and popular advertisements. In the mid 1990s, she began to explore urban architectural imagery in her paintings and films, a subject matter that remains her present interest.Through a bold usage of color and blunt geometric forms, Morris' best-known paintings recall the stained glass windows of Gothic cathedrals, or the iconoclastic patterns of Islamic mosques. They are complex images that speak to the increasingly disorienting experience of modern urban existence.
Her films focus on deconstructing the major architectural elements of a city with the intention of revealing its true character. Additionally, she has created numerous site specific works in the United States and abroad including a commission for the Public Art Fund entitled Robert Towne, which expands 20,000-square-feet across the ceiling of the Lever House building in Manhattan.
Collecting institutions include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Miami Art Museum, Miami; Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Collection, London and Fondazione Prada, Milan.”
She lives in New York City, in the United States.