Sarna Marcus 

Artist Statement

The orbs that I paint are sometimes seen as seeds, sometimes as eggs. I see them as “seed atoms.” They are filled with a living energy that exerts pressure outward one against the other, against the constraining membrane, creating a kind of rapt stasis. Few or numerous, jammed together like seeds in a pod, they grow and push, and eventually split off. Release.


I sometimes paint masses or energy fields that are stacked one on another. They push against the other against the edges of the canvas, against the picture plane itself. Where they touch or come close to touching something happens: The interstice between the two is charged with tension – tension I continue to explore again and again.


My formal training prepared me to work with oil on canvas. I favored working with glazes and will probably return to them again some day. But a few years ago I was unexpectedly intro-duced to watercolor. I liked its luminosity and spontaneity and so I continue to explore itspossibilities. And while it poses challenges, I have discovered techniques that create surprises and go beyond my own ideas of what I wish to achieve.

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