ZEA MORVITZ was born in Baltimore, Maryland, attended Wellesley College, and lived in New York before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. She received an MA in Painting from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied with Elmer Bischoff. She currently lives in the small West Marin village of Inverness, with her husband, photographer Tim Graveson.
Current project: abstract ballpoint pen drawings over graphite rubbings on Mitsumata paper. Ongoing project: artist books.
To see what Zea’s doing virtually day by day please visit her page on Instagram: @zmorvitz
Recent limited edition book with Tim Graveson: Irish Monument Project Logbook.
An Alchemical Emblem Book, completed in 2015: a series of drawings and poems modeled on alchemy books of 17th C Europe, in particular, Atalanta Fugiens by Michael Maier, published 1617. The project was crowd funded through AIM/HatchFund plus a travel grant from the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia.
Zea has an ongoing artwork exchange with Canadian artist Joyce Majiski that began with weekly exchange of postcards in 2012, 13 and 14 and which now includes two scrolls, a 25 ft. long accordion book and 4 volumes (one year’s worth) of weekly pages.
In 2010 Zea spent 5 weeks as a Resident Artist at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, County Mayo, Ireland, and returned there again in 2016. Her work has been exhibited in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the US, in Canada, and Europe.
Zea and husband, Tim Graveson, work and exhibit together from time to time. The artists began collaborating as members of Miz-Maze Theatre, a small group of visual artists working in performance and installation primarily during the 1990s. Many of the themes Morvitz continues to address in her current work were core ideas developed within Miz-Maze Theatre projects, including the history and future of books; forgotten languages and Alchemy. From the 1990s onward, Zea has engaged in collaborations with other artists as well as pursuing her individual work.
Zea is a member of Gallery Route One (GRO), a nonprofit, community-based artists’ organization in Point Reyes Station where she currently works as a co-director of the Project Space Program, GRO’s visiting artist exhibitions and community outreach programs. She assists as a curator at Sometimes Books, an informal gallery for artist books in Point Reyes. For several years Morvitz served in the Mentorship program for the graduate department of Arts and Consciousness at John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley Campus.