Marianne Van Lent is a painter of the natural world. Filtered through memory, her work examines the mysterious forces of the physical world and investigates our fragile position in the universe through the intersection of natural and technological modalities. Worlds (cosmologies) are represented both in the outer world of nature and the inner world of the psyche. Creating a multi dimensional collision of realms, the glimmer of unexpected openings provides inspiration for the process of painting.
With these recent selections from a series of portraits begun in 2011, visitors are invited to join the artist in exploring the possibilities inherent in a genre as old as painting itself. Straightforward, candid, and intentionally unmannered, each canvas is an attempt to get beyond the search for something new, in order to discover what painting can still illuminate in an era of exceptional cultural complexity.