Hilda Morris grew up and was educated in New York City and moved to Portland, Oregon in 1941. She and her husband Carl, a painter, were active and influential artists and educators in the Pacific Northwest region, and leaders of a large community of avant-garde artists, musicians, and writers.
Morris, considered by critics to be the greatest Oregon sculptor of her time, incorporated mythical, universal symbols in her work and created a sculptural vocabulary, through gesture and fluid forms, that speaks of mystery, nature and primordial consciousness.
"Someone asked what led me to abstraction in sculpture. In retrospect, I realize that it was the reverse; it was abstraction that led me to sculpture." --Hilda Morris