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Marlene Capell
February 8 March 10, 2012


Portal Variations - 2012

I like to work with a theme and a speculative vision of what might evolve.  It is a dialogue of discovery.  I start with the idea of the portal structure, which evolved from my fascination with Stonehenge and the Lion Gate of Mycenae.  It helps me understand what I am thinking.  It is the starting point of each new piece.  Within the work I begin to explore the possibilities of change as well as continuity while referring back to the stability of the portal. 

I strive to develop an iconic image. It is important that my painting becomes both personal and universal.  Often my paintings are painted over previous ones, while leaving traces of earlier influences which create a newer and hopefully richer image; a metaphor for growth and evolution.

I want the image to reveal the history of itself, layer upon layer.  It is made from spontaneous gestures in a dialogue with the materials, showing the process, the struggle and attempts at problem solving.  I hope for something unexpected to be discovered in each piece for both the viewer and myself.

Each painting becomes a variation on the theme of a more singular image revealing the history of the image through the struggle, changes and layers obscured and rediscovered.  This becomes the exchange between the careful rational mind and the desire for spontaneity and a measure of surprise.  The challenge becomes just how much freedom I can allow myself.

 

Portal II, 2011, acrylic & oil on canvas, 20 x 20”
Portal II,
2011, acrylic & oil on canvas, 20 x 20"

 

Portal IV, 2010, acrylic, oil & collage on canvas, 30 x 30"
Portal IV, 2010, acrylic, oil & collage on canvas, 30 x 30"

 

 
 

Portal I, 2010-11, acrylic & oil on canvas, 20 x 20"
Portal I,
2010-11, acrylic & oil on canvas, 20 x 20"


 

Portal III, 2010, acrylic & oil on canvas, 20 x 16"
Portal III, 2010, acrylic & oil on canvas, 20 x 16"


  Portal XXV, 2009-10, acrylic & oil on canvas, 30 x 30”
Portal XXV, 2009-10, acrylic & oil on canvas, 30 x 30”

 

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