2. Martha Harlan Morgan & Willa Wasserman
For the second Nothing Special, UCLA MFA Graduate Willa Wasserman pairs some recent still life paintings with a series of floral watercolors by their late grandmother, Martha Harlan Morgan. Something more than a hobbyist, but never a professional painter, Morgan's influence was pivotal in encouraging Wasserman's artistic inclinations as a youth.
This exhibition highlights conversations around the amateur and the professional, and the roles that gender can play in both shaping and validating creative pursuits.
Martha Harlan Morgan
Martha Harlan Morgan (1928–2015) won prizes for her white roses from the Roswell Garden Club of Atlanta Georgia. She was an avid painter of watercolors.
Willa Wasserman earned their Master’s degree in painting at UCLA in 2019. Wasserman also produces collaborative works with Jenny Gagalka and Beaux Mendes under the moniker, “En Plein Error.”