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MARLENE CAPELL
November 12 December 20, 2014

 


Recent Work

I visualize these paintings as a reflection of life as well as a connection to our ancient beginnings and other cultures through time. I begin by building non-objective architectonic forms, which evolve from my fascination with Stonehenge and the Lion Gate of Mycenae. I use a specific kind of formal structure to provide order out of the vast multitude of available choices. Rather than to perceptually render or recreate the appearance of these monolithic structures, working non-objectively allows me to speculate, change and uncover.

Just as each civilization is built upon the structure of previous ones, I believe our lives are a process of building one experience upon another. As many of these paintings are painted over previous ones, revealing the history of themselves, they become a metaphor for growth and evolution. For me this is also 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 VI, 2013, oil & collage on canvas, 48 x 24"
Portal VI, 2013, oil & collage on canvas, 48 x 24"

 

 

 
  Portal IV, 1994-2013, acrylic & collage on linen, 60 x 30"
Portal IV, 1994-2013, acrylic & collage on linen, 60 x 30"
  Portal I, 1993-2013, oil & collage on linen, 60 x 30 ½"
Portal I, 1993-2013, oil & collage on linen, 60 x 30 "

 

 

 

 

 
Portal V, 2013-14, oil on canvas, 24 x 24"
Portal V, 2013-14,oil on canvas, 24 x 24"

 

 
Portal VII, 2013, oil & collage on canvas, 60 x 30"
Portal VII, 2013, oil & collage on canvas, 60 x 30"

 

 

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