Morton Fine Art Presents Magic Spells & Reminders

By Editorial Team on February 25, 2016

Fri, 26 February 2016 - Thu, 17 March 2016

Lexicon, 2016, 48"x36", mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of Morton Fine Art.
Lexicon, 2016, 48″x36″, mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of Morton Fine Art.
Opening Reception: Friday, February 26 from 6pm to 8pm


About Magic Spells & Reminders
Magical-Spiritual belief is at the root of every artwork I create. Magic Spells & Reminders began as a series of reoccurring shapes which appeared within my daily drawings. These shapes soon solidified and grew into a set of symbols that I began to think of as a personal, magical alphabet.

Influenced by the dry heat and jagged, volcanic peaks of the Superstition Mountains, over the last 6 months I have created a spiritual lexicon inspired by endless sunlight and expansive blue sky of my new home in the Sonoran desert. Unlike my past work, these new works aren’t necessarily narrative in nature, rather they are intended to act as catalysts and reminders to bring about change.

The symbols themselves do not have fixed meanings. In fact, individual symbols may have several meanings, determined primarily by their placement within the painting and their juxtaposition to adjacent symbols. Just as many spiritual paths regard “speaking in tongues” as being a private language between a believer and The Divine, I regard the symbols I’ve created as a subconscious, visual vocabulary that represents spiritual concepts and ideas that range from the concrete to the ethereal and intangible.

The paintings I’ve created for Magic Spells & Reminders are meant to act as visual reminders of both spiritual and creative intent, tools or reflection and healing, statements of personal power, and in some cases a call to arms.

-Kesha Bruce, 2016

Magic Spells & Reminders marks Kesha Bruce’s 5th solo exhibition at Morton Fine Art.

About Kesha Bruce
Kesha Bruce creates richly textured and visually complex artworks that explore the connections between memory, personal mythology, and magical-spiritual belief.

Born and raised in Iowa, she completed a BFA from the University of Iowa before earning an MFA in painting from Hunter College in New York City.

Kesha Bruce has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), The Vermont Studio Center, The CAMAC Foundation, and received a Puffin Foundation Grant for her work with Artist’s Books.

Her work is included in the permanent collections of The Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture,The Amistad Center for Art and Culture, The University of Iowa Women’s Center, The En Foco Photography Collection, and The Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection.

She is represented by Morton Fine Art in Washington, DC.

For further information and images, please contact Amy Morton:

Morton Fine Art is located at 1781 Florida Ave. NW.