“I use color to create space. My paintings and drawings are rooted in observation—they are a visual record of the situations in which I find myself, every day, no matter where I am. For my subject matter, I look to the ordinary and the local. My work lodges itself at the intersection of nature, culture, and place. What motivates me is my desire to re-present an ordinary moment—in a painting—by manipulating color, shape, and composition in such a way that the possibility of multiple interpretations (or reads) engages the viewer and invites closer investigation. The way I paint is driven by my interest in abstraction as economy of expression, and my fascination with the dual role that color can play as both content and structure in a painting.”
Barbara Marks is a multidisciplinary artist based in Connecticut. Barbara has been a resident artist at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Fowler Dune Shack (Cape Cod), MIRA (Martignano, Italy), Moulin à Nef (Auvillar, France), Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (WY), Jentel Foundation (WY), and L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design. She has twice been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. Barbara’s work has been shown at the Cape Cod Museum of Art (MA); Providence Art Club (RI); Painting Center, and First Street Gallery (NYC); Drawing Rooms (NJ); New Britain Museum of American Art; DaSilva Gallery, Silvermine Arts Center, Whitney Center, Serendipity Gallery, The Loft Gallery, Five Points Gallery, and The Chase Family Gallery (CT); and Artist-Run at Satellite (Miami). Barbara is an artist member of The Painting Center (NY); NY Artists Circle (NY); Westport Artists Collective (CT); and a Guild Artist at Silvermine Arts Center, (CT). Her work on paper is represented in the flatfile at Artspace New Haven. She is a Trustee of the Vermont Studio Center and a former board member of Artspace New Haven. Barbara received a BFA from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and an MFA from Brooklyn College (CUNY).