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MARLA MCLEAN

MARLA MCLEAN

Artist Work

We Will Not Be Silent (Malala Yousafzai)
January 2013
acrylic painting, mosaic and mixed media on wooden repurpurposed tray
20 x 12 x 6 inches
Veil of Liminality
2012
Bottle caps, telephone wire, glass mirror, acrylic, upcycled tin and ceramic frame
29 x 25 inches
Syncretism (Blue Bottle Saints
2012-ongoing
acrylic on glass
varied
Relic (Altar)
2012
Feather cast in resin, upcycled object, mixed media mosaic
8 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

The idea of Syncretism permeates my current work. I am fascinated and attracted to mysticism, ritual, and superstition. My studio is located above The Word of God Church, in a strip mall. Every Sunday, a full band plays. Base thumping and soulful gospel music and praise comes through the ventilation system. My travels in Italy, Peru and Mexico filled me with imagery of altars, devotion, and the sacred. Indigenous markets offered potions, fortunes, prayers, and sometimes the bizarre. My maternal ancestry includes Eastern European superstitions and stories, including dreams, visiting deceased relatives and a coffee ground reader who foretold the future. I tackle imagery through metaphor and material. My form encompasses sculpture, installation, assemblage, photography, craft and mixed media. In each piece, the process and materials are married to the conceptualization.The idea of Syncretism permeates my current work. I am fascinated and attracted to mysticism, ritual, and superstition. My studio is located above The Word of God Church, in a strip mall. Every Sunday, a full band plays. Base thumping and soulful gospel music and praise comes through the ventilation system. My travels in Italy, Peru and Mexico filled me with imagery of altars, devotion, and the sacred. Indigenous markets offered potions, fortunes, prayers, and sometimes the bizarre. My maternal ancestry includes Eastern European superstitions and stories, including dreams, visiting deceased relatives and a coffee ground reader who foretold the future. I tackle imagery through metaphor and material. My form encompasses sculpture, installation, assemblage, photography, craft and mixed media. In each piece, the process and materials are married to the conceptualization.

Artist Bio

Passageways Artist Studios, Co-op Studio Member, Riverdale, MD
Atelierista, School-Within-School, DCPS, Washington, DC
Adjunct Professor, Corcoran College of Art & Design
Masters Degree in Studio Art, NYU Venice/NYC
Bachelors Degree in Social Art & Education, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
Associates Degree in Photography/Muli-Media, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, PAPassageways Artist Studios, Co-op Studio Member, Riverdale, MD
Atelierista, School-Within-School, DCPS, Washington, DC
Adjunct Professor, Corcoran College of Art & Design
Masters Degree in Studio Art, NYU Venice/NYC
Bachelors Degree in Social Art & Education, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
Associates Degree in Photography/Muli-Media, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, PA