Vanessa Marsh grew up in Seattle, surrounded by the mountains of the North Cascades and the Olympics. As a result, transforming landscapes inflects much of her art. Her works are a reminder that, despite its scale and grandeur, nature is also a living system of moving, interconnected, and sometimes fragile parts.
In this video, Marsh gives an inside look into her studio where she prepares for her July-August 2020 solo exhibition, “The Sun Beneath the Sky.” Sunlight is not only Marsh’s subject matter but also her medium in these lumen prints, which she creates by exposing photosensitive paper to the sun. The darker the image's color, the longer the sun exposure. The results are mountainous peaks and valleys in creamy pastel tones of pink, purple, and yellow.
Conversation between Vanessa Marsh and Renny Pritikin, Chief Curator of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, during the opening of Vanessa Marsh's "Falling" at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery, April 8, 2017.