Artist Statement

Artist Statement -current

Marie Kazalia is an American artist whose work has been largely influenced by her experiences during 4 expatriate years in Japan, India, and China.

Marie is represented by Schroder-Romero Gallery of New York in their 1stDibs store , and by the VAM art gallery in New Jersey.

Flatness and patterns containing orbs are the focus of Marie’s fluorescent and other series of  paintings especially from 2012 and continuing(with such patterns in her artworks indicated even in her early student work). These series incorporate repeating loops that link viewers to inner workings—the spiral of our DNA—and outward in sound waves, ancient repeating patterns given a contemporary spin in spots and dots on the surfaces layered and muted under fluorescent paints, translucent acrylic and Flashe fine art paints on Coventry Rag fine art paper and on canvas.

Artist Statement for Marie Kazalia 2012-2015

A deep taproot extends from my series of spot paintings and Asemic writing paintings through my art school years and long before adulthood–encompassing language, colors and lettering of advertisements in my native English language (viewed since childhood in the USA), as well as extending to Asia and language and color influences from my four expatriate years in the countries of Japan, India and China. In art school, (Bachelor of Fines Arts degree from the California College of Arts in the San Francisco bay area, including graduate studies) my paintings were always concerned with flatness. I studied textile design in studio practice, working with spots, repeating patterns, and subverted patterns–explored with a color theory and palette I continue to devise. Flatness and the orb are the focus of my Spot Series paintings begin in 2012 and current 2014 continuing series —  interests held long before the article Contemporary Abstraction placed such concerns at the forefront of art. 

The Golden Age of Abstraction: Right Now, Art News, April 2013


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