The purpose of my art practice is to explore the power of intuition in painting and drawing, using the impact of color and the immediacy of mark-making and mixed media techniques. The process is expressive and personal, playing with the limits of spontaneity and the tension between simplicity and complexity. I work with suggestions of narrative, building layers of paint and paper that become a record of individual experience. The collage elements are drawings, photographs and other artifacts of daily life that create hidden stories within each piece. Working with a range of materials, including acrylic paints, various qualities of paper, and different types of pastels and pencils results in a complex, textured finish.
Marlowe Emerson is a mixed media artist who creates large scale abstract paintings using acrylic and collage techniques. She holds a degree in French from Georgetown University and spent a decade studying painting in the south of France. Her process is centered around observing the mental processes of painting and the value of abstract expressionism as an intuitive practice. Combining paint with everyday materials on the canvas, she works to create layers of meaning and personal narrative to build a connection with the viewer. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries internationally, including the Art in Embassies program. She currently teaches abstract painting at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and works out of her home studio in Virginia Beach, Virginia.