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Marisa Yow reflects everyday life in her spontaneous paintings

Marisa Yow reflects everyday life in her spontaneous paintings

May 9, 2016 // by Ben Thompson

This is one of a series of reports about studio visits to CoRK Arts District.

“As cliché as is sounds, I've never had a true passion to be anything but an artist and never missed an opportunity to make or create,” Marisa Yow wrote in an email to MOCA.

Marisa Yow CoRK Studio Drawing a
Marisa Yow draws in her CoRK studio. Image courtesy of Ben Thompson.

She attended Florida State University for her BFA and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia for graduate school. Her work is predominately figurative and seeks to portray the intimacy and vulnerability of personal experiences with an authentic voice. She would like the viewer to become lost in a moment through passages that are visible and, more importantly, those that are not.

“What you can't see still deeply affects what you can,” she wrote. “I know, as an artist, the struggle we go through to get that final image or product. The progression of getting there is often erased, hidden, or just becomes an afterthought. As the viewer, you see only the finished product in front of you, rarely the struggle to get there. That process of art-making to me seems to reflect the things we deal with everyday in life, a bit of a metaphor, so to speak.”

Yow doesn't create studies or preliminary paintings. “I jump right into everything and work it out as I go; there are a lot of crash and burn moments, but that's how I learn. I need to have freshness when I work, an unexpected mystery of sorts, and I feel I can only get that by just jumping in. The very ironic thing is I'm also a perfectionist, so it's a bit of a battle at times.”

Look for reports about more studio visits in the future. 

Marisa Yow CoRK Studio Multiple Paintings b
Image courtesy of Ben Thompson.
Marisa Yow CoRK Studio Legs Painting c
Image courtesy of Ben Thompson.
Marisa Yow CoRK Studio Face Painting d
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Marisa Yow CoRK Studio Oil Paints e_jpg
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Marisa Yow CoRK Studio Source Material f
Image courtesy of Ben Thompson.

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