Before the opening reception of “The Slowest Moving Things: Creatures of Habit”, I got a chance to chat with Kendall Marsh about her newest body of work. When ask what inspired Creatures Kendall says, “The show is about progress and the monotony of routine.” Although seemingly contradictory, Marsh’s unique framing of her subjects reveals how progress and routine can often feed off each other; one holding you in place the other pushing you forward.
The theme of Creatures is illustrated by symbols of time and motion contrasted with images of invertebrates. In Kendall’s own words, “The hash marks symbolize time wasted, the compass is about finding direction, the arrow represents forward progress and the insect is the thoughtless hive creature.” Marsh’s body of work examines the constant question of whether to move forward or remain in our own habitual cycle.
When asked about her creative process Kendall says, “I start with the background, even if I don’t have an idea yet. Then I feel a vibe, create a super loose sketch of shapes and go from there. I like what I think about while I am painting. Its a time to let go, free my mind and find my motion.” Our conversation closed with Kendall reflecting on those around her by saying, “The idea of creating something others will enjoy is what motivates me to work.”
Kendall Marsh’s The Slowest Moving Things: Creatures of Habit is on display at Full Circle Gallery through March 4th, 2012. Visit our facebook page to see photos from the opening reception. Read more about artist Kendall Marsh at http://kendalldeeee.tumblr.com/ .
Thanks to everyone who helped out with the show and a special thank you to Melissa Salter from My Visual Creation and Larry Beat from Bad Habits Lounge Studio for the amazing pictures.
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At first glance I thought umn, hmmmnn bugs, not sure about this. But then opening night as I wandered the room, these creatures grew on me… First I saw the owlish creature and thought how cool was this guy! Then the moth next to it was a contrast – oddly beautiful. The clocks and arrows intrigued and provoked thoughts. The bees and beedles were endearing. But I fell in love with a very large slug type creature. (an enemy in my garden) It engaged me & called me back to look at it more as I stood across the room. The smaller darker snail in the corner is the one I remember most, how can I see this mischievous little guy peaking out of the darkness and saying, Yoo Hoo, Hellooo, love me, and I did. The magic of this young artist brought me back to childhood days when bugs were my friends, when I gave them names & imagined there lives. I can’t wait to see what Kendall does next!
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