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New York Times Artist Feature: Mariana Cook

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
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.

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Stone Walls: Personal Boundaries
 
The 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.

New York Times article.


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