The Weinberg Center for the Arts is seeking local and regional artists to display their collection in our lobby gallery. Artists interested in showing art in the Weinberg gallery should contact John Healey at [email protected] or 301.600.2839, and reference the artists guidelines, which can be downloaded here: Artists Guidelines.
February-March 2017: Shelley Marie
Shelley L. Marie was born in Frederick, Maryland in 1979. In 2005 she received a Master of Fine Arts degree from American University, attending their two-year program in Italy. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and a minor in Interdisciplinary Dance from Pennsylvania University in 2002. Shelley has exhibited nationally and internationally. Shelley also had the honor of working with Smack Mellon Studios (Brooklyn, NY) on Mir2 a multimedia installation and performance, winner of the “Bessie NY Performance and Dance Award.” Other professional positions and experiences include: educator/instructor (Art History and Studio art), performance and collaborative artist, personal assistant, and exhibition curator, designer and installer. Shelley has over seven years experience working for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Recent mixed media paintings draw inspiration from an exploration of environmental survival, social and domestic interaction, medical restoration and the emotional complexities of our companionships. It is a fascination over our ability to heal and adapt to both physical and psychological wounds: the fragility of flesh and mind, the organic forces of nature, the reliance on medical intervention and the overlapping patterns that these have with one another.
Shelley’s works are deeply connected to the human body. They evoke imagery of healing wounds; yet bleed floral colors, stretching audience’s perception of the physiological world. Her works include natural materials that are more than meets the eye, as glazed rose petals create soft and brightly colored veins that parallel the delicate nature of human form. Marie cleverly explores the parallels between the world internal and external, exhibiting some of the intricacies between life, nature, and the human form.
Life’s struggles can be disastrous for our bodies, our minds and our relationships, but it can also be wondrously revitalizing. For further information about Shelley, please visit ShelleyLeeMarie.com.