In 2006, I was traveling through France and found brilliantly colored, printed "visual aides" at a flea market. Originally, these visual aides were didactic drawings used in classrooms in the late 1950s to illustrate different aspects of the world—farming, industry and the natural world—for children. I scanned and reproduced these images on watercolor paper and updated them to reflect current events that relate to the state of our environment and how humans anthropomorphize the planet. The chosen events were inserted into the drawings using a style similar to that of the original works, so the completed image is a "Where's Waldo" of what has evolved and devolved environmentally and socially since the 1950s. Collectively, the works introduce contemporary issues and ideals into a 1950s world view, creating a sometimes satirical, but persistently critical look into to our collective past and future.
Carrie Marill was born in San Francisco, CA, in 1976. She graduated from San Francisco State University in 2002 with a BA in painting and received an MFA in painting from Cornell University in 2004. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States in California, New York, Seattle, Miami, Dallas and Arizona. Marill's work has been published in New American Paintings, Wired, Southwest Art, the New Times, the Wall Street Journal, Modern Painters, LA weekly and the LA Times. Her work is in the collection of Todd Oldham, Missoni, Megan Mullally, Disney, The Hallmark Collection and many other exciting collectors. In addition to continual exhibitions, Marill’s practice includes developing large-scale outdoor murals, and running a residency program for international artists in downtown Phoenix.