With my continuous explorations of combining two worlds – Sculptural Paintings combines the hand made (painting & drawing) and the machine made (rhino & cnc routing). Technology and the Handmade are two worlds constantly vying for attention in my studio practice. On one hand I struggle with technology and it’s lack of the “hand” but I now depend so much on technology to realize my work. Can I make the machine made appear hand hewn? Can I make the hand made more polished? I have always been inspired by Jean Arp’s wooden wall hangings, I often see them at major art museums around the world and am always drawn to their awkward not quite a painting not quite a sculpture presence on the museum wall – especially in contrast to the other art typically hung around them. I wanted to take cues from my own paintings and apply that same awkward sensibility to three dimensional wall hangings.
It’s Everywhere I Look. 2017
My Freedom consists in my moving about within the narrow frame that I have assigned myself for each one of my undertakings. I shall go even further: my freedom will be so much greater and more meaningful, the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles. Whatever diminishes constraint diminishes strength. The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees oneself from the chains that shackle the spirit.
– Igor Stravinsky, Boston, 1940, Quoted by Bridget Riley
The foundation of my studio practice is an ever-evolving exploration of color and pattern. Studying weavings, quilting, and modern art, I am interested in pushing visual elements to their limits. The resulting paintings expose tensions between the living surface created by bold patterning and the constraints of the two-dimensional surface on which they exist.
Get up Get Down. 2017
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Carrie Marill was born in San Francisco, CA 1976. She graduated from San Francisco State University in 2002 with a BA in Painting and received an MFA in Painting from Cornell University in 2004. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States in California, New York, Seattle, Miami, Dallas, and Arizona. Marill’s work has been published in New American Paintings, Wired Magazine, Southwest Art, The New Times, The Wall Street Journal, Modern Painters, LA weekly and the LA Times. Her work is in the collection of Todd Oldham, Angela Missoni, Megan Mullally, Donna & Howard Stone, Disney, The Hallmark Collection, Tiffany & Co. and many other exciting collectors. In addition to continual exhibitions, Marill’s practice includes developing custom murals for public and private clients.