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/ .