From left: 01) Make a Wish, 2016, Oil on canvas, 60 x 46 in. 02) Wind Chill, 2016, Oil on canvas, 26 x 34 in. 03) The Minor Fall, 2016, Oil on canvas, 26 x 34 in. 04) Secret Chord, 2016, Oil on canvas, 28 x 22 in. 05) Grip, 2015, Oil on canvas, 28 x 22 in.
There are three nail salons between my apartment and the train. I notice them mostly at night, when their neons glow in darkened windows. The signs seem disconnected from the brightly lit, acetone-scented shops they represent, like secret emblems blazing at all the passers by, or frozen roses reaching toward an empty street. My recent paintings pick up here, inventing new signs to mark the way.
Aliza Morell lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA from Rutgers University and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has recently exhibited work at Castor Gallery, Nancy Margolis Gallery, and Elijah Wheat Showroom in New York, among others venues nationally. Her work will be featured in the forthcoming issue of New American Paintings, Northeast.