Making the Mundane Marvelous: Transformations in Mixed Media by Marlene Weisman
Central Library, 2nd floor Balcony Cases
Collage paintings that explore life, balance, and feminism through vintage and new ephemera.
The overall theme of my work explores the roles of modern women today in an increasingly demanding world. My life experience as an artist, career person and mother has provided me with a great deal of subject matter for my art. I find inspiration in the everyday material of the past and present. By incorporating these ephemeral elements into my mixed media pieces, they serve as symbols that communicate what I am expressing.
In the balcony cases, I am debuting two new pieces in my While I Was Stuck in the Supermarket: Homage Series (which is in addition to the original six on display in the BPL Youth Wing). The idea for the series came to me while waiting on line at the 9th Street C-Town supermarket. I wondered how women—or anyone, in fact—are able to achieve the balance between seriously important creative pursuits and the mundane chores of daily life. To honor the achievements of the iconic women I am inspired by, I decided to create the “Homage” series by using supermarket circulars as a base.
Marlene Weisman is an artist and graphic designer, and began her career designing promotional graphics for the music industry. Her interest in pop culture led her to the NBC art department. From 1988 to 1995, she created on-air graphics, logos, and props for Saturday Night Live (for which her team earned an Emmy in 1993), Late Night with David Letterman, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Since 2009, she has worked out of her Brooklyn art studio, creating a variety of mixed media artwork that includes her current explorations in collage.
Artist Photo ©Bob Krasner