"Explicit abstract realist" Victoria Morton in first major Scottish solo show for Inverleith House

By Verity Hogan | 31 March 2010
A photo of an installation in a spacious white room

Victoria Morton describes her installation at Inverleith House (above) as "explicit abstract realism". © the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Victoria Morton's first major solo exhibition in a museum in her native Scotland for arrives in the naturally-lit rooms of Inverleith House, following her 2009 residency at the Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum in Boston, USA.

The critically-acclaimed artist describes her work as "explicit abstract realism" and her latest exhibition aims to construct a series of situations for the viewer to experience as well as building on the sculptural elements her recent work has included.

Morton feels that the paintings themselves become characters enacting a psychological drama, or family of works, which the visitor becomes a part of, in keeping with the homely setting.

A picture of an abstract painting of vibrant pinks, reds and oranges

Crowd Scene (2008). © the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

"The fact that the gallery is a house seems to lend itself to that thinking," she says. "I'd like the house to feel that it is inhabited."

Inspiration for the pieces comes from her interest in women's historical representation in art as well as a natural identification with her materials.

Morton now splits her time between her hometown of Glasgow and Fossombrone, Italy, a cultural hybrid that has impacted upon her installations and paintings.

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