Art Exhibit November: Marilynn Arm
November 01, 2015 4:00 pm - November 25, 2015 5:00 pm
Marilynn Arm : Shapes & Stories
Opening Reception: November 1, 4-6pm
Intermezo musicale featuring violin and viola duos
Marilynn Lampert Arm was born and raised in Portland, Oregon into a visually artistic family. Her parents and older sisters were her first influences. In her formative years Marilynn began to develop a strong sense of patience in striving for artistic and technical perfection.
In addition to earning a Fashion Degree from Parsons School of Design in New York, her creative inquiry led her to workshops across the country for weaving and textile dyeing, surface design, and couture beading held by master artists in their field.
Working with fabrics to create one of a kind wearable art became the beginning for “Couture For the Concert Stage” a design business for musicians as featured in The New York Times, Style Makers column (Oct. 1990).
Taking a break from her Needlepoint Finishing business in 2002, she took a printmaking class at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT. After retiring in 2010, she returned to printmaking and found in it a new passion. Her work constructed much like her fashion design, taking from the old to create the new, with cut paper forms, pattern, layers, color, texture and line which come together to create a visual language.
“We wake up thinking about it and we go to sleep thinking about it." -Agnes Martin
Ideas are always with me, clear, jumbled or often fleeting, an easy wandering of the mind. To express what I imagine through printmaking involves an interplay between mind and hand. When pulling the paper off the printing plate what I expected to see isn’t always there! Questions or new inspiration flood my thoughts and the layers for the “print” will be developed. My image making is complete when I feel contented with what I’ve created. With contentment, it’s then that I know I am “home” with myself.
Cutting shapes (stencils) for my assembled abstractions comes naturally to me. The childhood memory of an easy chair, the shape of a favorite dolls dress, a beehive (we had bee’s in our backyard) or a composition of geometric shapes, continues to interest and inspire me. Tools from the kitchen, the sewing room or from the aisles of a favorite hardware store all add to the mark making in my monotypes. For this exhibit, my mother-in-law’s salvaged vintage shirt buttons add dimension and contrast.
Creating and building new compositions with layers, using precision placement, line, texture and color is a stimulating process for me. Each imprint records my creative inquiry.