Bonnie Morano is a native New Yorker, living and working in Brooklyn. She graduated with a BFA from Hunter College in the spring of 2020, and is currently an MFA candidate at Hunter College in NY with an expected graduation of Fall 2023.
At the center of every human body is the trace of a life force – the powerful belly button. The idea that all growth and life stems from a central location is activated in my hard-edge abstract paintings. Visual motifs in my work include: ruffles, webbing, and mosaic tiling—all lend to an atmosphere of maximalist rapture, while the tension between organic and geometric forms creates a sometimes disrupted harmony. By using abstraction and compositional devices related to symmetry, doubling, inversion, and reflection—all revolving around the central spine of the painting—I am forming a connection between joy and devotion, real and imagined space, and most of all, the physical and the spiritual nature of painting. There is an overall sense of devotion in the work, leading to ideas of the wondrous and the ominous, the playful and the dangerous, in service of mystical abstraction.
Exhibitions and Publications:
"Twinning / Aufheben," Group Exhibition. Curated by Jack Arthur Wood at Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. November 2022.
"Trade Secrets: How Much Should a Painter Reveal?," Contributor / Author, Essay. Featured on Two Coats of Paint blog and Instagram. November 28, 2022.
"Is There an Art Tax?," Contributor / Author, Essay. Featured on Two Coats of Paint blog and Instagram. October 26, 2022.
"Abstraction by the Numbers," Contributor / Author, Essay. Featured on Two Coats of Paint blog and Instagram. October 4, 2022.