April 11 - June 9, 2013
Opening Reception, April 11, 2013, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Within Marsh's photogram based images, planes of landscape appear to exist independently from one another like tectonic plates. Our sense of time and space is taken apart and re-ordered creating images where contemporary experience and memory merge. Within the series Marsh explores not only the workings of memory and imagination but also our contemporary relationship to the landscape, where we might find ourselves in the future and how our feelings towards the landscape often center around ideas of dislocation, need and yearning.
Born in Seattle, WA, Vanessa Marsh lives and works in Oakland, CA. When she was a child her mom had a stenciling business and a studio in the basement, next to which Marsh had own area for arts and crafts. She had passion for making heavy fruit shaped necklaces, paintings of her dad where the true redness of his complexion was revealed, clay dinosaurs and origami Christmas tree ornaments. Since that time, her aesthetic has evolved, through undergrad at Western Washington University (BA,2001) to graduate school at the California College of the Arts (MFA,2004) she now splits her time between her studio at home and her residency at the Kala Art Institute. She has shown throughout the Bay Area, including solo exhibitions at The Richard L. Nelson Gallery at UC Davis and at Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco. Group exhibitions include shows at the Camera Club of New York, the San Jose Museum of Art, Southern Exposure Gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. In 2007, she was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in Peterborough, NH and in 2012 a Kala Fellowship.