Morgan Ogilvie (b. 1981 Nashville, USA) received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). She has work at Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment in LA and her paintings have been published in Artforum.com, the Vassar Review, and Art in the Time of Corona written by Dab Art founder, Yessica Torres. She participated in the group show, Time is Out of Joint, published in Hyperallergic, held at the MAK Center in LA, curated by artist Scott Benzel. Her work was featured in the Tennessean, Nashville Arts Magazine, the Nashville Scene and a group show at Zeitgeist Gallery.
Often looking at the world through the lens of misunderstood female characters, she considers themes such as childhood wonderment, pathology, family lineage, absurdity, and Southern Gothic.
“I construct a stage full of anti-heroines, fictional and historical, whom I do not rescue. Instead, I place the audience in the vulnerable position of these women: what might it feel like to be in their shoes? Furthermore, I cast difficult figures—such as Rosemary Woodhouse, Typhoid Mary, and Martha Mitchell as unlikely protagonists, or at least place them in a position to be reconsidered.
There is often a suggestion of danger that takes place beyond the border of the painting. This causes the viewer to question what they think they know about historical events or fictional stories. I generally do not show aggression or explosive conflict—it is often implied, about to happen or has already happened. The action largely resides outside the edges of the canvas. I am interested in capturing the indexical traces or anticipation of conflict and disintegration, allowing for new ways of knowing these archetypal figures.”