Morgan Benshoff is a native of Greensboro, NC. She graduated from Appalachian State University in 2015 with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. She currently resides in Greensboro where she works and keeps a studio at 205 Collaborative.
The foundation of my art practice is curiosity. The meaning of my paintings will change over time and with circumstance, but I continue to be fascinated by the alchemy of paint and water. Somehow, paintings become more than the sum of their parts, and this pulls me back to the paper or canvas again and again. My work can be understood as a record of a tactile experience, pulling the viewer close with a meditative surface, which slowly reveals a poetic silliness. I like to think of the paintings as abstract, imminent objects rather than allusions. They allow perception to shift around and through them, striking a balance between formal composition and intuitive touch. They exalt softness. They are sly, somehow. Perhaps most importantly, they are affirming in their beauty, creating a relationship of reciprocal freedom with the viewer.