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Mari Marks (Mari Marks Fleming)
updated: 07/30/2009
website: www.marimarks.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Sedimentary Series, Sienna Markings
Sedimentary Series, Sienna Encrustation
Sedimentary Series, Blues in the Night, Installation
Sedimentary Series, Aquamarine Markings
Sedimentary Series, Aquamarine Encrustation
Sedimentary Series, Terra V
Sedimentary Series, Terra II
Sedimentary Series, Terra VIII
Sedimentary Series, Terra III
Sedimentary Series, Terra VI
Sediments & Circles, Planetary Influences, Installation
Spiral Encrusting
Arc Flight
Spiraling Rotation
Sediments & Circles, Solar Equilibrium, Installation
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, biomorphic, landscape, meditative, nature, organic, pattern, process, repetition, spiritual
 
 
Sedimentary Series, Sienna Markings by Mari Marks (Mari Marks Fleming)
Sedimentary Series, Sienna Markings
Beeswax, pigment, graphite and sediment on paper mounted on panel
2008
44" x  38"  x 2" 
Sedimentary Series, Sienna Encrustation by Mari Marks (Mari Marks Fleming)
Sedimentary Series, Sienna Encrustation
Beeswax, pigment, sediment relief on paper mounted on panel
2008
44 " x  38 "  x 2 " 
Sedimentary Series, Blues in the Night, Installation by Mari Marks (Mari Marks Fleming)
Sedimentary Series, Blues in the Night, Installation
Beeswax, pigment, graphite on paper mounted on panel
2007
48" x  24"  x 2" 
Sedimentary Series, Aquamarine Markings by Mari Marks (Mari Marks Fleming)
Sedimentary Series, Aquamarine Markings
Beeswax, pigment, graphite on paper mounted on panel
2008
38 " x  38 "  x 2 " 
Sedimentary Series, Aquamarine Encrustation by Mari Marks (Mari Marks Fleming)
Sedimentary Series, Aquamarine Encrustation
Beeswax, pigment, graphite relief on paper mounted on panel
2008
38" x  38"  x 2" 
Sedimentary Series, Terra V by Mari Marks (Mari Marks Fleming)
Sedimentary Series, Terra V
Beeswax, pigment, graphite on paper mounted on panel
2005
48" x  36"  x 2" 
Sedimentary Series, Terra II by Mari Marks (Mari Marks Fleming)
Sedimentary Series, Terra II
Beeswax, pigment, graphite on paper mounted on panel
2005
48" x  36"  x 2" 
Sedimentary Series, Terra VIII by Mari Marks (Mari Marks Fleming)
Sedimentary Series, Terra VIII
Beeswax, pigment, graphite on paper mounted on panel
2006
36" x  48"  x 2" 
Sedimentary Series, Terra III by Mari Marks (Mari Marks Fleming)
Sedimentary Series, Terra III
Beeswax, pigment, graphite on paper mounted on panel
2005
48" x  36"  x 2" 
Sedimentary Series, Terra VI by Mari Marks (Mari Marks Fleming)
Sedimentary Series, Terra VI
Beeswax, pigment, graphite on paper mounted on panel
2005
48" x  36"  x 2" 
Sediments & Circles, Planetary Influences, Installation by Mari Marks (Mari Marks Fleming)
Sediments & Circles, Planetary Influences, Installation
Beeswax, pigment, graphite on paper mounted on panels
2007
30" x  40"  x 2" 
Spiral Encrusting by Mari Marks (Mari Marks Fleming)
Spiral Encrusting
Beeswax, pigment, graphite relief on paper mounted on panel
2008
24" x  18"  x 2" 
Arc Flight by Mari Marks (Mari Marks Fleming)
Arc Flight
Beeswax, pigment, graphite on paper mounted on panel
2008
24" x  16"  x 2" 
Spiraling Rotation by Mari Marks (Mari Marks Fleming)
Spiraling Rotation
Beeswax, pigment, graphite relief on paper mounted on panel
2008
24" x  16"  x 2" 
Sediments & Circles, Solar Equilibrium, Installation by Mari Marks (Mari Marks Fleming)
Sediments & Circles, Solar Equilibrium, Installation
Beeswax, pigment, graphite on paper mounted on panels
2008
30" x  40"  x 2" 

Artist Statement

I am interested in deep structures implicit in earth's creation--distruction, change and renewal.  In the Sedimentary Series, Terra  and the Sediments & Circles  pieces I have explored the earth, seas, and atmosphere, especially the depletion of the earth through drought and flooding. In these works the pigmentation of the ground may refer to tonalities of clay or earth found particularly in areas of the world where the eosystem has become exhausted.

 In my encaustic process  layers of natural beeswax and pigment are built up.  On this terrain I engrave rhythmic line and patterns of grasses, water or wind flow. Graphite or other sediment  is applied in solution, wiped off as on a printing plate, then "burned in" until the expressive potential is revealed. This process, like the depositing of sediments on earth's surface and resulting incorporation through water and heat,  is both systematic and impacted by natural processes.

My creative process and media have become metaphors for my personal connection to loss and healing implicit in Nature's materials and cycles. In reducing my work to the elements of color, line, sedimentary depost and heat I honor the materiality, the process, the natural laws underlying the formation of our world.

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

Mari Marks (Mari Marks Fleming) created her first encaustic painting in 1992 while studying with Elisabeth Murray at California State Universities Summer Arts program.  Markswas awarded a BFA with Highest honors from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana (1954), and an M.A. in Art Therapy from George Washington University (1975).

Marks encaustic paintings have been exhibited in invitational and juried exhibitions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally.  Solo shows include: Ispace, the Gallery of the University of Illinois, Champain/Urbana, Chicago (2007); Art-Scape Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA (2007); Wiegand Gallery, Notre Dame deNamur University, Belmont, CA (2006); Flatbed Gallery, Austin, TX (2001); Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2000); Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, CA (1999)--together with a 1 year Residency; Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, Ca (1999); Bade Museum, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA (1995); Ariel Gallery at Tula, Atlanta, GA (1993).

 Group exhibitions include Hot Stuff at the First National Annual Conference of Encaustic Painting, (2007); Montserrat College of Art, MA; Impulse, National Encaustic Show, (2006) Portland, OR; The Whole Ball of Wax (2003), Women Made Gallery, Chicago, IL; Europ; Art, 10th Anniversary, Geneva, Switzerland; Encaustic Artists '99 (1999) R&F Paints, Kingston, NY.

Marks encaustic paintings are  in public and private collections including those of the State of California, the California State Public Health Building, Richmond, CA; Alameda County, Oakland, CA; Highland Hospital, Oakland, CA; the collection of actess Halle Berry; Alzo Pharmaceuticals, Mountain View, CA;  Hewlitt Packard,  Mountain View, CA; Hilton Hotel, Sappora, Japan; the Cerulean Tower Tokyo Hotel, Tokyo, and the Ana Clement Hotel, Takametsu City, Japan. Her work is included in the primary text of encaustic painting, Joanne Mattera's Encaustic Painting: Congemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax (2001), Watson Guptill Publications.