DATE: August 16, 2011
Represented by AIPAD Member Gallery
Lee Marks Fine Art
In a recent interview between Carol Kino and
artist Mariana Cook we have an inside look at the inspiration behind
Cook's latest book and body of work, Stone Walls: Personal Boundaries.
Previously known for her portraits Cook may seem to have taken a new
turn, but the absent figures, the builder's of the walls, begin to
emerge through their creations. The variety of style, quality of
materials, placement, care all begin to reveal something of the builder
and though we may lack visage character is revealed through the walls
Cook traveled to find and record.
Stone Walls: Personal Boundaries
series initiated in her own sphere- her own land on Martha's Vineyard
and the ball was soon rolling. After exploring more of New England Cook
traveled far and wide- Malta, Ireland, Peru, England, and Cambodia to
name a few stops on the map traveling planes, marching through fields to
find her subjects. There is a definite elegance to the walls and the
works, some rhythmic others heavily structured, some calculated others
just loose pilings. There is also something ancient or deep-rooted
about the subject that is carried in the work. These sites are
vanishing, the world has less need for plot divisions as family farms
vanish, and these walls are being reclaimed by nature.
Contact Lee Marks Fine Art
for more information on artworks or text. A portion of book sale
profit to go back to preserving her subject, drystone construction,
through the nonprofit Dry Stone Conservancy in Lexington, Ky.
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