Artist Victoria Morton gets first US museum solo show

Also a guitarist, she will play with her rock band “Muscles of Joy,’’ whose six members are all women artists.

Showcase for a 3-D artist, rocker.

Chris Clark for The Boston Globe

Showcase for a 3-D artist, rocker.

WHEN THE ISABELLA Stewart Gardner Museum’s new wing opens, it will host the first US museum solo show of the work of Victoria Morton - and perhaps that’s only fitting.

Morton, a Glasgow-based painter best known for heavily textured three-dimensional images, was an artist-in-residence at the Gardner in 2009 and part of 2010.


“I don’t think there’s anyone out there who works with 3-D quite like she does,’’ says Pieranna Cavalchini, the Gardner’s curator of contemporary art. “The fact that she incorporates it into her already multitextured paintings is amazing.’’

And where the museum has always been hard to categorize, with everything from galleries to performance space and gardens, it’s difficult to typecast Morton, too.

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“My display will feature my painting, some sculpture, and I’ll be performing as well,’’ Morton says.

That’s right: Morton, also a guitarist, will play with her rock band Muscles of Joy, whose six members are all women artists.

“I used to think my paintings were influenced by music, but over the years they’ve sort of merged together,’’ Morton says.

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