12×12 Artist R.C. Morrison

August 27, 2015

12x12 Art Fundraiser

Today we feature an interview with one of our 12×12 Art Fundraiser featured artists, R.C .Morrison of Tulsa.

What inspires you to create art?
I have for a long time been fascinated by the process of conceiving of something in my mind and then bringing it into physical reality through the use of my hands and tools. For most of my life this has meant building furniture. In the last five years it has meant working with light emitting diodes (LED) and various other materials.

How do you know when your piece is finished?
As I said above, I start with a picture in my head. When the piece approaches that image, it’s finished.


R.C. Morrison, “Homage to Ruscha,” Acrylic with LED. Available at the 2015 12×12 Art Fundraiser. Bids start at $175.

What is the thought process behind the work in this year’s 12×12?
For five years I have been experimenting with the interaction of LED with various materials, most recently acrylic. This piece uses incised characters lit from the side by LED. The composition was inspired by the “word paintings” of Ed Ruscha and my sense that contemporary art has become increasingly self-referential.

Where else can viewers see your work?
I have work on view at a group show at the Neill Center in Tulsa through August 31
I will have work in the TAC Member Show opening Sept 11 at the Hardesty Art Center, Tulsa

View and purchase artwork by 175 Oklahoma artists at the 12×12 Art Fundraiser, September 11, 2015 at the Science Museum Oklahoma. The 12×12 Art Fundraiser supports the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s programs, supporting artists statewide. Learn more at www.12x12okc.org.