Marnie Ross is a contemporary painter and printmaker based in Sydney.
After completing a Masters of Art at COFA in 2010, she has continued to exhibit in both group and solo shows. Recently she was selected as a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize 2013.
Marnie’s work is a response to organic forms and the ever-changing designs created by light, movement and time.
Marnie portrays abstract designs that are inspired by tiny details of nature and the evolving shadow patterns created. Her multi-layered works explore the dynamic relationship between the physical object and the cast shadow to establish a sense of the unnoticed view within the everyday.
Extensive use of layering in Marnie’s work emulates the natural processes and subtle variations in texture and light, and thus a complexity is revealed in seemingly simple structures. These dynamic compositions represent a record of time, as overlapping shapes pulsate and respond to the layers below.
Activation of the surface is also an integral part of Marine’s practice and adds to the diversity of texture. Strong contrasts exist both in materiality and paint application techniques. On a base of raw linen, vividly coloured translucent shapes float over expressive marks of glossy white enamel paint.
Printmaking processes have a strong influence on her painting techniques and there is a clear connection between the subtle vibrancy of the paintings and her delicately layered prints.