Barbara Marks


Artist Statement

I use color to create space. I make small-scale, square, colorful paintings. My imagery is rooted in observation, suggesting interior spaces, landscapes, and objects. My work lodges itself at the intersection of nature, culture, and place. With my subject matter, I call attention to the commonplace and the local.

What motivates me is my desire to re-present an ordinary moment—in a painting—by manipulating color, shape, and composition in such a way that the possibility of multiple interpretations (or reads) engages the viewer and encourages closer investigation. The way I paint is driven by my interest in abstraction as economy of expression, and by my fascination with the dual role that color can play both as content and as structure in a painting.

I am working on a continuing project—“Recollection”—a series of paintings that I began in the spring of 2016. I’ve completed 127 paintings to date. I am growing the series into an aggregate composed of many more small-scale paintings that, when installed as a whole, assumes a monumental scale and, at the same time, invites intimate interaction.