Ditchbank: Paintings and Sculpture

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Sculpture by Heidi Moller Somsen and Paintings by Downy Doxey-Marshall
Sat, Apr 21 · 4–5:30pm

There is a desperate beauty in the shaggy unkempt wild places, existing just beyond our manicured yards. The ditchbank contains equal portions of death and life. It nurtures itself by way of its decay. It is a gyre of activity, held in suspense, waiting for water (or waiting to drain). Back in the studio, the effort begins - translating the ditchbank into form, color, texture; the expressions of our meanderings.

Downy Doxey-Marshall is a native of Utah, residing in Cottonwood Heights with her husband Todd and their four children. She earned her BFA from the University of Utah and her MFA in painting and drawing from Brigham Young University. Doxey-Marshall's professional career spans thirty years including national and international exhibitions along with numerous corporate and private collectors worldwide. She has worked closely with the art communities in Arizona and Utah and is included in Utah Art Utah Artists: 150 Year Survey. She currently teaches painting at Brigham Young University. Doxey-Marshall has worked with many different mediums throughout her career; egg tempera, pigmented ink and embroidery on raw linen, and mixed media. She is currently exploring large-scale oil painting on canvases referencing the enigmatic landscape. "I approach the landscape with an immersed perspective, bathing the viewer in beauty. Staining random transparent colors, then layering heavy paint, like frosting, on top. I hold my brush loosely, even rolling it around my hand to create marks that are naive and surprising... areas that explode with rabbitbrush and fallen trees, ditchbanks and freeway exits, overlooked spaces rich with pools reflecting skies, birch branches reaching upward, a cluster of golden leaf boats, and backlit stained-glass fruit trees."


Heidi Moller Somsen was born in Saskatchewan and raised on the coast of British Columbia. She received a BFA in ceramics from Brigham Young University (1995) and an MFA in studio art from the University of Utah (2011). Somsen is a two-time Utah Artist grant recipient and has been included in three publications: 500 Figures in Clay, Volume 2, Utah Art Utah Artists: 150 Year Survey, and Utah Painting and Sculpture. She currently teaches at the University of Utah and heads the ceramic program at the Visual Art Institute. She and her husband Shawn have three children. “From a very young age, I have always had a playful interaction with material, creating art out of whatever I could find: drift wood, rocks, moss, and a nice coating of Elmer’s glue as a glaze. My grade school report cards often stated that I daydreamed too much — I’m afraid this is still the case.”

Location: Main Library, Gallery at Library Square

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