Kimberly Morris was born in West Los Angeles, California and grew up in Leimert Park,California. Her rich Creole heritage has been a major influence on her work. Her great-aunt was Florestine Perrault Collins, a creole photographer based in New Orleans. Collins was one of 101 African-American women who identified themselves as photographers in the 1920 U.S. Census.
Kimberly critiques self-identity, ideas of beauty, popular culture, and race in America via video, sculpture, photography, and painting. She inserts herself into her work by casting her own body, using her hair, and portraiture—all forms struggling with the constraining expectations society imposes on women of color. She writes “Through the lens of beauty, I examine my position in the diaspora. Pressures of fitting into what the majority culture defines as normal: neater hair and constrictive body typecasting, dictate my daily routine.”
Kimberly received both her BA and MA from California State University Northridge and her MFA from California State University Long Beach. Recent exhibitions include Biomythography: Currency Exchange at California Lutheran University in Simi Valley, CA, Who Are You? at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach,CA,Echo Location at ESXLA in Los Angeles,CA.