We had the good fortune of connecting with Christian Morris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christian, why did you pursue a creative career?
When you’re a child, one of the most asked questions you get is “what do you want to be when you grow up?” For the longest time, I had no idea what I was interested in, so I would answer random things like chef or lawyer— always looking for an answer that felt genuine. I didn’t realize back then that what I was really trying to find was a passion. I am lucky enough to have a parent who chose a career they loved. My mother is a teacher and for as long as I can remember she’s always raved about how happy she is to change children’s lives through education. She had found her passion in life, and more than anything that’s what I wanted too. Being a designer brings me that sense of fulfillment and happiness every time create something new. It’s that sense of satisfaction and serenity you get after completing a project that fuels my love for art.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started my career in art creating posters for my marketing and advertising class in high school. I was enrolled in a career-oriented charter school, CART, which taught us professional hard and soft skills that we would be using for the rest of our lives. I was dead set on pursuing a career in marketing because I had been told that I was naturally gifted at it, but that one project in high school ignited something in me that I just couldn’t get out of my heart. Although I had found something that had made me feel whole, I ignored it and continue working toward a career I had already spent so much time preparing for. This feeling would nag at me for three more years until I finally had the confidence to say screw it- if I want to be an artist I’m going to be an artist. After that, I enrolled in every art class at my local community college, receiving a Studio Arts degree, before moving on to a Communication Design degree at California State University Monterey Bay.
It was at this time that I had found my voice in the world and a way to share my intersectional perspective as Latina, woman, artist, daughter, and American.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Being that I am an avid museum-goer in any city, the first stop would have to be the Phoenix Art Museum or Heard Museum. The Heard Museum displays an insanely large collection of Native American art and culture. This museum tells the story of the American Indian People from a first-person perspective while showcasing traditional and contemporary art. The Phoenix Art Museum is a hotspot to see tons of different mediums and styles- fashion, photography, sculptures, and paintings. The museum has a lot of unique perspectives and stories told through its exhibitions, there’s something for everyone. Defiantly a cool place to check out!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
As someone who grew up with a mind of creative but without the hard skills of one, I was always hesitant to have a creative career. I had briefly studied photography sometime during my younger years, but I never pursued any other disciplines. It wasn’t until I was studying marketing and advertising at San Francisco State University with my best friend Charles Harris that I was given the confidence to study my passion. Charles has always encouraged my interest and natural skills in art. He pushed me to not be afraid to learn, fail, and succeed. Without him, I would probably be sitting in an office analyzing consumer data while dreaming of being in the other room- creating.