Bio/Artist Statement

Full/legal Name, Email, Phone

Marielle Lynn Sinclair
mariellesinclair@aol.com
617.513.7992

 

Where are you from?

Born in Port Jefferson, NY.  Raised in Denver, CO. 

Where did you study visual art/degrees earned/school/city/state?

Received my BFA in Sculpture from MassArt, Boston, MA

What/who are your influences (art or otherwise)?

Anatomy, surgery, sewing, disease, mutations, organic forms, nature, anything industrial, shipyards, the crap found on beaches washed up from the ocean, rusty metal, decay, horror movies, special fx makeup, stop motion animation and industrial music. 

Where have you exhibited previously (gallery/city/state)?

Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod Community College, West Barnstable, MA
ArtSpace@16 , Malden, MA
The Distillery Gallery, South Boston, MA
Open Studios at the Distillery, South Boston, MA

Space242, South End, Boston, MA

Somerville Museum, Somerville, MA

Where has your work been published previously (publication/city/state)?

The Main Sheet, Cape Cod, MA
Malden Muse-Art News, Malden, MA
The World Journal, MA
The Milton Times, Milton, MA

The Boston Globe, Boston, MA



What mediums do you work in? Why?

Fabric, wire, wax, hair, and thread.  My process has a lot to do with manipulation.  I love to intuitively grab materials and use them to stuff my pieces.  I like that my pieces include the waste from my process, it is like part of their soul.  I deconstruct and reconstruct, disassemble and reassemble, manipulating materials until the creature emerges, almost like automatic writing.  The object will suggest its personality to me, its little quirks.  My materials are humble and generally allude to the body: thread and hair become viscera; wax, fabric and paper suggest flesh; wire is like bone.  The wire provides structure and movement, as most of my pieces are fully articulated.  Any synthetic materials that I use, create the sense of restrictiveness and control, which often leads to mutation.  The materials have a life span that begins to wind down as soon as you use them,  the organic and inorganic components eat away at each other.   Impoverished of life but not devoid of it, each creature is all alone and suffering, just barely getting by.  They are used, deteriorating, tired, pained and helpless.  They are small because their moments are intense, intimate and important.  All of my work has some element of vulnerability and discomfort in it, and our obsession with probing, inspecting, and manipulating is ever present. 


What is this body of work about? Themes/aesthetics/influences/

homages?

The pathetic, vulnerable, fragile and tragic...I always tend to gravitate to these things.  I have always had a preoccupation with sadness and darkness.  I am both a hopeless romantic and a cynic, with an appreciation for the things in life which are not typically seen as beautiful.  I think nature is both sweet and cruel but its harsh realities have a more profound effect on me.  I am disturbed by nature's cruelty and troubled by our unnatural interference with it.  I feel like beauty compels man to destroy nature, I am interested in the aftermath.  So in the the work I am constantly dealing with feelings of empathy, disillusionment, consequence, contradiction, etc... 


Have you won any awards? Which? For what?

I was an International Sculpture Center Award nominee back in 2004.  I won the Fine Arts 3D Foundation Award in 2004 and the Studio Foundation Award in 2000, both at Massachusetts College of Art. 


 

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