Artist:

Barbara Marks

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Barbara Marks

I make small-scale, square, colorful paintings. My imagery is rooted in observation. I like to call attention to the commonplace and the local. I look where others don’t. There’s the external world—and then there’s me. My paintings are the intersection of the two. In that respect, they are intimate and personal; perhaps they’re narrative.

I choose to paint ordinary situations and particular places by manipulating color, shape, and composition in such a way that the possibility of multiple interpretations engages a viewer and invites closer investigation.

The way I paint is driven by my interest in abstraction as economy of expression, and by my fascination with the dual role that color can play both as content and as structure in a painting. I use color to create space.

  • My ongoing project—Recollection—is composed of sets of paintings made in various places; serially they’ve become an evolving visual record. I’ve completed 139 paintings to date, with the intent to grow the series into an aggregate composed of many more small-scale paintings that, when installed as a whole, assumes a monumental scale and, at the same time, encourages intimate interaction.

 

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Barbara Marks

I make small-scale, square, colorful paintings. My imagery is rooted in observation. I like to call attention to the commonplace and the local. I look where others don’t. There’s the external world—and then there’s me. My paintings are the intersection of the two. In that respect, they are intimate and personal; perhaps they’re narrative.

I choose to paint ordinary situations and particular places by manipulating color, shape, and composition in such a way that the possibility of multiple interpretations engages a viewer and invites closer investigation.

The way I paint is driven by my interest in abstraction as economy of expression, and by my fascination with the dual role that color can play both as content and as structure in a painting. I use color to create space.

  • My ongoing project—Recollection—is composed of sets of paintings made in various places; serially they’ve become an evolving visual record. I’ve completed 139 paintings to date, with the intent to grow the series into an aggregate composed of many more small-scale paintings that, when installed as a whole, assumes a monumental scale and, at the same time, encourages intimate interaction.

 

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