Marianne Trent, Across the Stairway, 2017, Acrylic, wood, and steel.
Marianne Trent: One Step at a Time
May 18–July 14, 2019
Opening Reception June 1, 2019, 5–7 PM
Creating art is meditative, playful, and expressive journaling, which allows a series of moments to be captured. The intention of the assemblages is to allow the process of their execution to speak as loudly as any subject matter that the viewer interprets from their own personal connections. Themes such as the environment, spirituality, and manmade structures appear as the works become bridges between the imaginary and physical world. Elements such as circles, waves, and lines repeat within the work and typically represent natural elements while a mystical world outside our own physical reality influences the process and content of the assemblages.
Reductive methods like sanding and scratching create a quality of aging and reveal hidden layers. Images reveal themselves as layers of paint, fabric, and manipulated papers are added and removed from the board. It is a direct and instinctive process where decisions are made independently as the piece evolves. Up-cycled materials such as reclaimed wood and rusted metal are used in the work allowing the energy of the past to be incorporated into the piece. Found elements such as pieces of furniture, vintage documents, and random objects expand the story of the painted panels and connect to our personal histories.
About the Artist
Marianne Trent is a mixed media wood assemblage artist living in Bedminster, New Jersey with her family and exhibits her work throughout the tri-state area. A long creative career in the fashion and retail industries has enabled her to travel the globe and develop a sense for color, pattern, and proportion, which informs her current artwork. In addition to her fashion experience, she was a founder of the Wellspring Community School in Gladstone, NJ, a progressive co-educational school for children which integrates the best holistic methodologies for creating a child-centered and community-focused learning space. Visit her website at www.mariannetrent.com