“Silvermine has been a wonderful support for me as I have connected with a community of artists.”
Marilyn Clements is a painter and printmaker. She received her BFA from Syracuse University and then continued her art studies at the University of Illinois, the Art Students League of NY, and the New School of Art, Canada. While living in Toronto, Marilyn was a faculty member at the Sheridan College of Art teaching drawing and painting. She exhibited her work extensively in the Toronto area before moving to Connecticut.
Once in Connecticut, Marilyn was happy to discover the Silvermine Guild of Artists and soon became an artist member. It was at Silvermine that she had the opportunity to work with Professor Robert Reed of Yale University, who was teaching artist workshops and advanced seminars.
“This was a very fruitful period of my life and I began a serious meditation practice. This practice has grown and deepened over the years and has been an important influence on my work – both the content and the process. Travels to Bali and to India have further influenced the direction my work has taken and opened me to new possibilities in imagery expressed in printmaking as well as painting.”
Marilyn’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, New England, Canada and Europe. She is represented in numerous corporate and private collections.
My work is inspired by my deep involvement in meditation practice as well as my interest in diverse cultures experienced in extensive travels. In my paintings a diversity of forms and colors express the experience of inner states of consciousness - that of an expanded, highly energetic field. Into this space, geometric forms mix comfortably with biomorphic and organic forms, and the whole space vibrates with the energy of color.
Trips to Bali and India over the past few years have led to a series of paintings that draw on the richness of that culture. In Bali, I saw how spirituality, ritual, and ceremonial magic are all woven into dance, drama, art and life. The background of an astonishingly beautiful landscape moved me to record some of these impressions in a visual way. In my work, I explore Bali as a state of mind, a place where the archetypes of the human psyche can come to life. A more recent trip to Africa continues to be a source of inspiration as I work in the studio.
For me, painting is a process of deepening into the unknown, of allowing impulses to have their way and following where these impulses lead.
- Marilyn Clements