Rebecca Morgan

Worried Woman, 2018

Watercolor and gouache on paper

14h x 8w in
35.56h x 20.32w cm

RM258-wop

Rebecca Morgan

Feminine Mountain Man, 2016

Graphite on paper

7h x 5w in
17.78h x 12.70w cm

Framed: 9.75h x 7.75w in
24.77h x 19.69w cm

RM212-wop

Rebecca Morgan

Squatting, Leaning, 2016

Watercolor on paper

7h x 5w in
17.78h x 12.70w cm

Framed: 9.75h x 7.75w in
24.77h x 19.69w cm

RM174-wop

Rural Youth

Rural Youth, 2016

Watercolor on paper

12” x 9”

Mountain Man Painter

Mountain Man Painter, 2016

Graphite on paper

83.5" x 62"

Button’d Blue Young Woman

Button’d Blue Young Woman, 2016

Watercolor on paper

10.75” x 8.5”

Incredulous Woman

Incredulous Woman, 2016

Graphite on paper

6” x 4”

Rebecca Morgan

Tan'd Woman, 2017

Watercolor on paper

8.50h x 5.50w in
21.59h x 13.97w cm

Framed: 11.25h x 8.25w in
28.58h x 20.96w cm

RM231-wop

Odalisque

Odalisque, 2014

Graphite on paper

65” x 94”

Sunday Painter, 2016

Ink and watercolor on paper

7” x 5”

Outhouse

Outhouse, 2014

Ink on vellum

40” x 25”

Daisy Pin'd Old Maid

Daisy Pin'd Old Maid, 2016

Watercolor on paper

8” x 5”

Blue Ribbon Girl

Blue Ribbon Girl, 2016

Watercolor on paper

10.75” x 8.5”

Woods Walker

Woods Walker, 2014

Graphite on paper

100” x 72”

Stereotypical Hippie Girl

Stereotypical Hippie Girl, 2015

Ink and watercolor on paper

2015

8.25” x 5”

After Party

After Party, 2015

Ink and watercolor on paper

5” x 7”

Biography

Born in central Pennsylvania, Rebecca Morgan works in painting, drawing, and ceramics that subvert stereotypes of Appalachia. Imbued with folk tradition and a sly sense of humor, her work peels apart the simultaneous reverence and disgust for rural people. Stylistically, Morgan embraces the hyper-detailed naturalism of Dutch masters, as well as absurd, repulsive caricature suggestive of underground cartoonists like R. Crumb. Although they often contain modern clues, her characters and scenes evoke a romanticized, nostalgic America, nonexistent but wistfully recalled, much like Norman Rockwell’s illustrations. Morgan’s works question what such images were selling in their conception, and she gives her archetypal maids, hillbillies, and dandies the space to explore contemporary issues of women reclaiming their subjectivity, a pop-cultural false sense of romance, and ideas about masculinity, power, escapism, and hedonistic backwoods pleasure.

Rebecca Morgan received a BA from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from Pratt Institute, NY. Press for her work includes The New York Times, Time Out New York, ARTnews, Whitehot Magazine, Beautiful Decay, Artslant, Juxtapoz Magazine, The Huffington Post, Paper Magazine, Hyperallergic, and Berlin's Lodown Magazine. She is the recipient of residencies at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, The Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts Residency, a Vermont Studio Center full fellowship, and the George Rickey Residency at Yaddo, among others. Morgan has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, with recent exhibitions at The Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada, The Hole, NY, MRS Gallery, NY, Marinaro Gallery, NY, Hashimoto Contemporary, CA, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, NY, Fisher Parrish Gallery, NY, Woskob Family Gallery at Penn State, PA, Knoll Galerie, Austria, Richard Heller Gallery, CA, Children’s Museum of Art, NY, and SPRING/BREAK art fair, New York, NY.