Wednesday, February 28 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Artworks by Marsha Brawls
February 28-March 27, Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm
I am inspired by metaphysics, my own peak experiences -both shadow and light, the triumphant human spirit and by nature – my muse. Apart from the geometry of seed pods, wildflowers and microbiology, one of the most arresting visuals for me is an old wall layered with papers, graffiti, and text, our modern hieroglyphics. I try to re-create this cyclic beauty in my work, taking cues from my printmaking process and with the layers of time, erosion, decay, entropy and germination. They filter through in a subliminal way, veiled, appearing and disappearing leaving a scar, a shadow, an imprint. In much of my work i depict planetary blueprints or the signature of all things such as sacred geometry and ancient mnemonic languages of ritual, visualisation and storytelling.
I am fascinated by the tension of the liminal space, that which is not yet birthed, between the great mystery and the physical world, dusk and dawn. I am exploring the place between petroglyphs and popular culture, text and tetris, chaos and order, figuration/symbolism and abstraction, past and present, and multidimensional space. I love to flow between wild and precise and believe that there is an absolute law of harmony that is accessible to all, no mistakes-my artistic life is incidental to this law and harmony is an endless source of inspiration and knowledge when executing my work.
I use mixed media, print collage, oils, acrylics, metallics, glazes and collected materials place specific such as-sand, leaves, shells, ochre and balga resin and allow pattern, texture, color and structure to emerge organically. In my current body of work, I want the pieces to evoke frescoe, or cave walls, sedimentation, the glow of a Renaissance Church, and the layers of graffiti in a NYC subway, all simultaneously existing on one canvas. In this way I see my abstract layers as microscopic landscapes representing a unique matrix and becoming their own biological ecosystem.
My art is dedicated to the path of the heart. Each new canvas takes me on a journey and as my paintbrush follows, each time I am led through the passage of time with all of its creative forces and overwhelm of ideas, critical and joyful complexity and then back to the original harmony, to my centre.
I believe we go through cycles of death and rebirth within our soul, and I apply Intentional Creativity as a spiritual tool for healing, on a personal and collective level. For me art is an energy that requires freedom, movement and paradoxically, stillness to what is present, a space where beauty, truth and connection to all that is can emerge.
I hope that the person viewing my work will linger, curios to discover hidden imagery and text and depending on their life experience, find their own meaning and interpretation.