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Marissa Menefee Chicago, IL, USA

I have received my BFA with a specialization in Watercolor Painting from the American Academy of Art located in Chicago, Illinois. Throughout my time at school I received awards, was on the Dean’s List and ended up graduating on the President’s List. My work has been in many group shows and exhibitions in Chicago, surrounding suburbs, and neighboring states. I will also be published in Studio Visit Magazine this summer. I teach painting classes in a southwest suburb of the city where I live with my daughter. The seemingly simple circle presents to me endless opportunities and inspiration to create whimsical and abstract compositions. Multiple facets of the circle’s shape and capabilities grab me; a circle contains zero straight lines; a circle cannot be filled with other circles; a line that never ends, circles are often a symbol of infinity. When lost, it feels like we are going in circles. When there is great accomplishment, it feels as if we have come full circle. An imaginative world filled with color and playfulness is translated through controlled, yet loose, watercolor and geometry. Exploring the unique forms and colors of natural phenomena inspires me to examine and interpret nature and our surroundings through my work. Surrendering to this obsessive attraction with circles, I create a marriage between free flowing watercolor and the harsh, geometric boundaries of the circle, ultimately creating a constant flux throughout my work.

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Art Reveal Magazine no. 30  

Jeni Bate, Philippine Boulay, Jordan Clayton, Sol Felpeto, Roosmarijn ten Hoopen, Weiman Liu, Clare Massey, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Marissa Men...

Art Reveal Magazine no. 30  

Jeni Bate, Philippine Boulay, Jordan Clayton, Sol Felpeto, Roosmarijn ten Hoopen, Weiman Liu, Clare Massey, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Marissa Men...

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