Malak Morgan Art Exhibit
March 4th – April 14th – Center for Design
Malak Morgan who currently resides in New Orleans, is an Artist and practicing Architect in New Orleans and New Jersey.
As an Artist, she studied at the School of Fine Art in Cairo, Egypt for 3 years before beginning her studies in architecture at Cairo University. She started with oil painting portraits, and still Life, as well as water color renderings and sculptural
models of architectural design projects.
In 2015, she enrolled at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts to pursue
painting full time. Her abstract impressionist style employs mixed media, mainly acrylic, gold leaves, pigments, water color gouache, and collage.
Malak was the first practicing woman architect in Egypt. She was the architect of record for many private residences in Cairo, Egypt before coming to the US. She worked for major Architectural firms in New York City and Princeton, NJ, where she was responsible for architectural design and construction documentation on projects in the institutional, commercial/recreational, residential, and health fields. In 1993 she started Morgan Architecture, Inc., a small practice firm in Princeton, NJ with her husband Saad Morgan, an Artist and Interior Designer.
The firm was commissioned projects ranging from Churches, Residential and Business building types. Her latest project, St Mina Coptic Orthodox Church in Holmdel, NJ, was completed in September 2016.
In her own words, Ms. Morgan describes her art in the following statement:
“My work consists of sinuous curves, smooth surfaces, and colors that have an architectonic characteristic embodied in an array of colors and forms combined into mixed media drawings. I construct my work in a physical way, through color, and
drawing-based procedures. My paintings lie on the shifting border between legibility and abstraction.
The body of the work is based on the timeless elements of sea, sky, earth, and human life, integrating contradictory elements into a cohesive unified whole.
These abstract paintings are influenced by formal principles. I use these principles both literally and metaphorically as the vocabulary with which I develop my compositions.
In order to capture this richness, I work on a large number of paintings concurrently. This allows me to interchange strong elements and techniques from one piece to the next. Each multi-layered rendering shares some details with other works.
The overlap of elements enriches each individual expression and deepens the cohesion within each body of work.”