Toni Morrison

by Bonnie Gloris

“In order to be as free as I possibly can, in my own imagination, I can’t take positions that are closed. Everything I’ve ever done, in the writing world, has been to expand articulation, rather than to close it, to open doors… I don’t subscribe to patriarchy, and I don’t think it should be substituted with matriarchy. I think it’s a question of equitable access, and opening doors to all sorts of things.”

— Toni Morrison

“The Authors” is an ongoing series of portraits of writers who Bonnie admires. In these portraits, realistic depictions of the authors are supplemented by collage elements that give insight into the subjects’ personalities and the personalities of the characters they create. Other components of the picture represent the settings in which they worked.


Oil paint and mixed media on illustration board . 8″ x 10″ . 2012


Art Gallery, Volume 2 Issue 1