Because Marion Wood does not paint in a literal form, she refers to memory, feelings, and personal experience for inspiration. She is inspired by the stillness and silence of winter, the excitement of a city, and the flowing of a river. The feelings associated with these locations are captured through abstraction, movement, and color. In her current paintings, she does not use paintbrushes; instead, she spreads, scrapes, transfers or throws paint on to the canvas. There is a dynamic energy in the way that the shapes intersect and collide; you can imagine the physicality that it requires to create each piece. Although Marion does not plan her pieces before she begins, the final result feels balanced and deliberate. Marion’s contemporary expression conveys the rich and stimulating world around her through a mix of geometric and organic forms.
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About The Artist
born in the United Kingdom.
Currently lives and works in Camarillo, California, USA.
Marion Wood’s compositions are designed and executed using a careful balance of chance and fate in creation, utilizing deliberate motions that make the paint appear as if it has taken root and grown through the canvas, creating a dialogue where the paint lies, a sense of organic narrative, characterizing the sui generis of each composition.
Architectural form, the sweep of history, and the coexistence of chaos and orderliness are all elements that were used to develop Wood’s compositions, which all seemingly teem with life.
The joy and the pain of creation is another duality explored in much of her work. The physical act of painting, a visceral and explorative undertaking, serves as the core connection to each piece. Wood chooses to inhabit and navigate her paintings, moving within them the way one would inhabit a location in the more traditional sense; by wandering, searching, reveling, taking risks, failing, feeling the natural flow, and getting messy. Wood encourages the viewer to wander through these pieces as well, and establish their own connections.
Marion is currently an artist in residence at Studio Channel Islands in Camarillo, California.
In this current body of work, I explore the colors and texture of the natural world in an abstract form. The juxtaposition of the detailed trees on the horizon against the barren color fields lend an air of strangeness and mystery. I have aimed to strip away all that is superfluous to the feeling I wish to convey to the viewer which is that of quiet contemplation.