by Ann Marshall
Emotion and drama abound in Ann Marshall's complicated and imaginative works. Her subjects seemingly inhabit private interior worlds, but these are no fantasized utopias. By marrying both abstract and representational styles, Marshall's fragile creations hint at the uneasy compromise of individuals existing in chaotic, conflicting, and sometimes overwhelming environments. She remains sympathetic without simplifying, and respects the contradictions and complications within her individual subjects. Her deftly rendered pastel portraits share the same composition as her elaborate collages, and these two seemingly discordant techniques combine to form something unexpectedly intuitive and organic. Subjects remain inexplicably tied with their surrounding world, all steeped in a bizarre biological decadence. The complicated result is slightly unsettling, deeply feminine, and startling beautiful.
Ann Marshall grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has worked in a gallery, illustrated children's books and traveled nationally and internationally as an ethnographer and consumer anthropologist. She now works as a portrait and fine artist. You can find more of her work at her website, AnnMarshallArt.com, and you can contact her via email.