This piece was inspired by an old nautical chart of the Santa Barbara area.  There is a note in the middle of the channel saying, "explosive dumping," like that is an OK thing?  Given that we may be having more oil rigs off our beautiful California Coast I wanted to address the previous governmental abuses of our oceans.  Besides my dark inspirations this piece is full of light, intrigue, detail and movement, drawing one in to see what lies beneath.

- Leslie Morgan

Dangerous Undercurrents

Oil, acrylic, collage, graphite on wood
Finished edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

24" h x 72" w x 1.5" d
15 lbs. 0 oz.



Leslie Morgan
Santa Cruz, California

Getting to Know Leslie

Leslie grew up in the desert and all the while lusted after the ocean. Her work is strongly influenced by her obsession with water and love of swimming. Nautical and aquatic motifs dominate her various series. To create her compositions, Leslie sources vintage photographs from libraries and museum stock collections to collage into her art. Her combination of photography and painting is intended to represent memories and emotions, respectively. Leslie brings together a wry humor, childlike joy, and an undertone of feminism to remind of us times past and offer us a roadmap for the future. Now a resident of San Francisco, Leslie is surrounded by water in her life and work.