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A Year in the Life of 8 String Theory Drawings I started these gouache on paper drawings in late 2010, about the same time I was due to give birth to our first baby boy. Needless to say, it was a time of immense change and anticipation. During my pregnancy I decided not to make any art, instead I stored all the ideas in my memory bank for future use. After our son was born, it all came flooding out. Within a year I had made a mountain of work, bought and remodeled an apartment building and helped raise a new baby with the help of an equally busy husband. Why take on so much, crazy? Part of it was having all these ideas stored up inside of me and wanting to see them realized. Another part was proving that a woman artist who has had a baby can have a family and still do the work. In the contemporary art world, we aren't supposed to talk about our feelings or our personal life, unless there is some sort of irony or sarcasm involved as a way to deflate any real feelings of happiness or frustration. Why not come out with it? During this crazy year, these String Theory Drawings were the one constant in my life. I would come to the studio for a couple of hours each day and escape into my work. The evolution of these drawings and how they slowly came into focus over time, each little line stacked upon itself, each color responding to the next, brought me peace and solace in a time of roaring distraction. These eight drawings hold the life of a year.
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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. Learn more about Carrie through our In the Studio interview!
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