Then, After a Lime Lollipop a solo exhibition by Cheryle Marine, is on view at Chartreuse through the month of October. Marine explores imagery, color, and poetry to reflect on her surroundings. Her show revolves around participation and environmental concerns and responsibilities. Marine utilizes found objects and uses them out of their normal context to investigate the relationships that human beings have with their environment. Her collages thematically explore the meeting point between individual consciousness and consumer culture. Marine places tiny strips of colorful paper on panels and aggregates them into larger shapes. She repurposes the papers to engage relationships between personal experience and history.
Through her works, the artist employs literature and musical symbols to narrate her story. Since Marine incorporates elements from her everyday life into her canvases, her collages implicitly carry her own personal cultural context. Layers of painting and drawings on panels are reminiscent of years of Marine’s life. Her works encompass emotions and belongings that are passed down through generations. Therefore, her collages can be interpreted as Marine’s family portraits.
“It is almost a process of breathing in the environment and releasing the essence. It comes naturally.” The juxtaposition between Marine’s chosen material and the aesthetic of her work is appealing and varied. Some of her pieces depict the texture of her chosen objects while others are completely flattened and mostly dedicated to colors and shape. Three colorful panels, hung on a wall and covered with black shapes, are good examples of Marine’s exclusion of shadow and texture. The artist offers a piece of her life by including objects from her surroundings. However, she conceals some aspects of it by leaving the details out. “Black is the absence of light, and white is the absence of memory.” Marine’s use of black and white refers to the concept of her work. She invites her audience to investigate more deeply to understand the personal context of her work.
Ellee Bokharachi holds a master’s degree in Art History with a focus of modern and contemporary art from Arizona State University. Currently, she works with phICA to develop curatorial and educational programs. Also, she is one of the contributing writers of Reorient and works at Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale.