“The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by answers.” – James Baldwin
The twenty-first century is abundant with images void of meaning. As technology percolates to infest every part of our lives, we are washed with the reproductions of mass culture, confusing experiences with image as art. Instead, we have experiences of facsimiles.
With each effort to simplify and supplement our lives with technology, we, in fact, create its opposite. My work lends itself to the idea that complexity is often surface deep; the true nature of things is remarkably simple and is most profound when given the space to experience it.
My current body of work consists primarily of drawings and objects. Using ambiguity of image, I work with the accumulation of marks that vary in size, depth and boundary. Like any language, each mark holds layers of individual identity only to develop meaning by way of the relationships with other marks in its vicinity. In other words: Everything is relative. This is the substrate of my work.
“Using the human form as an often taut, tormented, hieroglyphic alphabet, Marion explores issues of identity, authority, sexuality and cognition.” ¹
Keri Marion was born in Carmel, California (1972) and spent her formative years in Seattle, Washington, eventually moving to Providence, Rhode Island in 2007.
She studied art at Eastern Washington University, in Cheney, Washington, earning first a BFA in painting/new media (2002) and second a BA in Art History Research with emphasis on Cultural Anthropology (2003).
Visually, her current work is most closely associated with a new Minimalism using simple media or Lo-Fi technology to make commentary on the every-day experience. She is highly influenced by the genres of Dada and Fluxus and their influences on Contemporary Art.
During her undergraduate studies, Marion focused on the dichotomy of being female, merging disjointed body parts into paintings, drawings and sculptures. Her post-graduate study has focused on removing layers of narrative to explore memory, cognition and the common experience. Most recently, her work strives to find a balance between authenticity and sophistication using simple, accessible materials and repetitive action to leave a residue of work that is almost entirely engaged in process.
Keri Marion lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island.
¹Boggs, Sherri. The Pacific Northwest Inlander , August 7, 2003, p 65