Drawn to the intricacies of nature, Marilyn Chapman steps inside the landscape to explore the delicate co-existence of ecosystems. The resulting abstractions have been described as organic interpretations... a close-up look at the complex life systems we all rely upon to work silently together.
Originally from Winnipeg, Marilyn has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba School of Art. Her abstract paintings are rooted in magical landscapes, from her prairie childhood memories of quilt-shaped farmland to her present-day Vancouver Island home amid scrolls of rainforest foliage, snow-capped mountains, weathered driftwood beaches, swirls of sea foam and repetitive drops of rain. Her paintings emanate an amoebic “flow” of intertwined patterns and rhythms that celebrate nature.
Join the artist Thursday, November 23, 6-8 pm for the opening reception of her new show, Thundereggs, on exhibit at the Gage Gallery Nov 21 - Dec 9. These latest paintings were inspired by thundereggs, magical geode-like rock structures treasured the world over, and the series emerged from a fascination with their ancient earth patterns. Marilyn’s painterly enquiry takes a close-up look at these unique geological structures and presents ideas that evolve through an intuitive perception, connecting the viewer to the strength and resilience of nature from past to present.