Works by Naomi Marin
Reception: Wed, July 18, 6:30pm
The mechanisms of perception allow the individual’s observations and resultant determinations of truth to stray from objectivity and become colored and distorted by fears and desires. I navigate the cacophony of my personal machinations as a way to quiet, and interrogate the validity of, my thoughts, but also to identify and articulate aspects of the mystery, revelry, and pain that give substance and shape to existence.
The sensory influx that populates my interior landscape is translated into abstract forms, cumulative marks, colors, and textures. Distorting the recognizable or isolating elements without context creates a more veracious picture of how information is absorbed, processed, and catalogued as we write and revise our personal narratives. New information buries old, and shifts in perspective rearrange elements, denying any one determination. The inability to crystallize a solitary version of truth means that I am constantly breaking from contentment in the present moment to evaluate a new configuration. As such, the shapes and forms I create appear to settle and shift with occasional interjections of cataclysmic action or mutation. The seductive and grotesque properties of transformation are mimicked in forms and materials that beckon and repel.
This continuum alludes to the changing coloration of thoughts, but also to the cyclical growth and decay that viscerally marks the body and environment and temporally frames being and the individual’s attempts to seek signification and insight.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Naomi Marine’s longtime associative synesthesia, in which a stimulus triggers an involuntary response in another sensory area, aided in the formation of a densely colorful, if noisy, internal landscape and a preoccupation with the processes of cognition. Marine studies the mechanisms of perception, and the way individual’s observations and resultant determinations of truth, stray from objectivity and become colored and distorted by fears and desires. She mines the cacophony of her personal machinations as a way to quiet, and interrogate the validity of, her thoughts, but also to identify and articulate aspects of the mystery, revelry, and pain that give substance and shape to existence.
Marine received her MFA in Visual Studies in 2009 from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York and her BFA in Painting from Arizona State University in 2005. Marine teaches sculpture, drawing, and design at the University of Utah and Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT. Her work has been shown nationally and locally in juried solo, group, and invitational exhibitions, including in Finch Lane Gallery, Rio Gallery, and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.
Location: Sprague Branch
Contact Information: 801-594-8640