My recent paintings continue an investigation of anatomy and landscape—the meanings, implications and connections of and between the body and nature. This work was initially inspired by the arresting sight of many large trees marooned in a flooded river bank, their limbs reaching up and out, tangled branches spreading like our own bronchial tree, sustained by a root system analogous to veins and arteries. On one level I am examining the essential physicality of the heart, lungs, inner ear and nature, the repetitions of patterns and structures in the body and the environment. On another level a metaphor unfolds, speaking of pain, loss and regeneration. Internal organs, keenly felt deep and unseen within the body, serve both literally and figuratively as signals for strong emotions. For more info visit www.karenmarston.com.
Karen Marston is a painter living and working in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her work was seen in two recent solo exhibitions: Breathing Room at Dam Stuhltrager Gallery in Williamsburg, and Where You’ll Find Me at the Cheryl McGinnis Gallery in Manhattan. Recent group exhibitions include: Beauty’s Burden at the Educational Alliance Gallery on the Lower East Side, Beautiful Dreamer at Cleveland’s SPACES, Reconstruction at Chashama in NYC, and Respirations, a solo exhibition at Taller Boricua, in East Harlem in 2005. Marston serves as the President of the Board of Trustees of NURTUREart Non-Profit, she was instrumental in the opening of the NURTUREart Gallery in Williamsburg and hosts Muse Fuse, a monthly salon with many notable guest speakers. Originally from California, she earned her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and participated in the A.I.C.A. New York Studio Program.