Del Mar artist donates sculpture to Carmel Valley clinic


By Kristina Houck

Scripps Clinic Carmel Valley is slowly turning into an art gallery thanks to Maidy Morhous.

The Del Mar artist recently donated a bronze sculpture to the Scripps Foundation, and it was installed at the local clinic. The abstract piece is the second piece she has given to the foundation since she launched “Art For Us” in 2010.

“A few years ago I asked myself, ‘How can I give back to the community?’” she said. “The obvious answer was through my art. So each year I give to an organization that also gives back to the community.”

Through the program, Morhous has donated sculptures to the Scripps Foundation, Rady Children’s Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Her sculpture of a newborn infant nestled in a blanket was displayed in the Scripps Clinic Carmel Valley lobby until it was moved to the fifth floor to make way for her latest donated piece. The ribbon-like sculpture, “infinite,” was installed in the lobby on Jan. 20.

“I’m rather partial to Scripps because they’ve been so appreciative of the work I’ve given to them,” Morhous said. “I happen to go over there all the time because my doctor is there.

“Art redefines the space in the hospital. It allows the community to enjoy what they normally would go to a museum or a gallery to see, and it takes them out of the normal hospital setting. They look at the piece, and they’re not worried about the shot they’re gong to get.”

With her mother an artist, Morhous developed a passion for art at a young age. The New York native earned her master’s degree in fine art and worked as a professional etcher and printmaker in Los Angeles for more than a decade. After moving to Del Mar in 1986, she focused on sculpting.

Working out of her Del Mar home, much of Morhous’ work is inspired by the human figure and emotions. Her work can be found in public and private collections in the United States, Europe and Japan.

“The act of creating is an emotional release,” said Morhous, exhibition chair for the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild and member of the Oceanside Museum of Art. “It centers one, giving an inner peace, which allows us to reflect not only on who we are but how we think and feel. I realize now that the pride of being an artist comes not from what one sells, but the inner peace one derives from the act of creating.”

Morhous finds peace while she creates, and she hopes others finds peace when they look at her creations.

“I hope my sculpture at Scripps just brings a joy to others. I hope it takes them away from whatever is going on while they’re in that hospital,” she said. “It can be a pretty negative time, but I think that artwork really redefines the space. It let’s you be at peace and put your mind somewhere else.”

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