Size: 12"W x 12"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
This is the first in a series of five Los Angeles River "washcats," storm drain covers in the L.A. River that have been anonymously decorated into cat faces by artists for decades.
I created this piece in 2012.
The five pieces in the series reference the Jackson Five (Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Michael and Randy). The L.A. River is experiencing a recent rebirth as a "real river," as opposed to the concrete channel I grew up with. These washcats were visible from The Golden State Freeway (Interstate 5) near Griffith Park in the heart of the city. They started my lifelong fascination with vernacular roadside images which make up the majority of the focus of my work.
All five pieces are meant to be viewed together.
Suzanne F. Hackett-Morgan earned a Master's Degree in Art (Painting) at California State University Northridge in 2003 and a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from Western Washington University. She received recognition in 2007 from the Nevada Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship Program. Hackett-Morgan is a founding director of the Goldwell Open Air Museum and Artist Residency in Nevada and is its current Executive Director. A leader in the Nevada arts community, she is a consultant to other arts organizations through the Nevada Circuit Rider program. Her landscape paintings have been exhibited in Montana, Nevada, Wisconsin and California, and she has completed several public art commissions in Clark County, Nevada. Her downtown mural, “Here it is,” was featured in The Killers’ CD, “Sam’s Town.” Thank you for visiting my portfolio.