Artist Statement--Marie Kazalia From girlhood on I consciously collected experiences, avoiding what I considered the materialism of collecting objects/things (noticing that many artists collect physical things that somehow relate to their art making), my collecting occurred over a longer period of time in the American cities of Toledo, Ohio and San Francisco, California until starkly different experiences intersected while living in Asian cities where I openly allowed my Americanness to merge with Eastern ways and understandings. The images presented here represent the emergence of color and language influences from my 4 expatriate years in the Asian countries of Japan, India and China---primarily in the cities of Tokyo, Madras(now Chennai) and Hong Kong. As an American, born in Toledo, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Fines Arts degree from the California College of Arts in the San Francisco bay area, I studied Japanese at a private language school in Tokyo where I practiced speaking, reading and writing Japanese kanji, hiragana and katakana characters. Hiragana and katakana the more modern simplified characters most often used on the many large neon signs in the urban centers of Tokyo. I also traveled, lived and taught in India for one full year, then moved to Hong Kong and enrolled in a Mandarin language course at the Chinese University-- studying conversation, reading, and writing Chinese characters. Being able to read hundreds of the most common Chinese characters made it easier for me when I traveled by train through mainland China (the PRC=Peoples Republic of China) to Beijing, then down to Shanghai, and back to Hong Kong, and during my one month stay in Taipei, Taiwan (the ROC=Republic of China). I was able to read street signs, shop signs and advertisements in Chinese throughout the PRC & ROC. Each of my artworks contains variations on various aspects of characters from the written Chinese, Korean, Japanese, HIndi Sanskrit and others languages-- revealing an aspect of the beauty of each shape and structure--becoming more like symbols than meaning of words. The oversized dominant forms of Japanese language characters in Tokyo street signs, as identification or to advertise a product, have held their strong impact on me in conjunction English lettering and product imagery in advertisements and on large American billboards, and with the Chinese calligraphic characters I enlarge and abstract by combining, reversing, overlapping, filling, fragmenting and distorting. Now, as returned expatriate, the color influences of Japan, India and China and the forms of the written characters of the languages of these countries, as well as the other Asian countries I visited for shorter periods--Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea--reemerge in their new abstracted and combined forms, in conjunction with the English letters of my native language, with overlays of color to obtain the translucency, transparency, or opacity of the drawn stroke visualized before I begin.
Biography: BIO/CV for Marie Kazalia Born Toledo, Ohio, USA, attended art classes for children at Toledo Museum of Art 1982-Bachelor of Fine Arts degree California College of Arts 1983-5--graduate Philosophy studies San Francisco State University, M.A. Museum Studies John F. Kennedy University. Internship led to Museum Registrar position for the City and County of San Francisco Arts Commission. 1985-1990 restoration of sculpture. Painting, darkroom/ studio photography in live-work studio in the San Francisco bay area. 1991-1995 expatriate Japan, India, China, writing, teaching, studying Eastern philosophies, Japanese, Mandarin languages 1995-2005 returned expatriate, writing, painting mini-DV film projects, producer San Francisco Public access TV. Headlined Juice series of performances at the Jon Sims Center for the Arts in San Francisco. 2001-2004-(3 years)-studied with poet & writer Diane diPrima. 2005-to 2009--inherit house in Ohio, draw & paint full time 1982-1991 exhibited in juried shows, CCA gallery, Rayko Gallery in San Francisco, group exhibits in the cities of San Jose, Santa Cruz, Oakland, CA. 1994-2007--Selected Collections & Publications: art in fine arts journal in Ireland, titled Artists Pages. First & 2nd volume of my book of poems titled, Erratic Sleep in A Cold Hotel. Widely published in small press literary anthologies and literary journals, voice and film in UK based Showcase Programme Exchange archive. Frida Kahlo Mail Art Expo in Milan, Italy and in color exhibition catalog. Hand-painted book in permanent collection in Netherlands museum, my poems translated into Italian, Belgium International S:L:K exhibition w/ color catalog, DVD, on-line slideshow: www.scentslockskisses.com online representation: The Emergence Project http://theemergenceproject.com/ website: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mariekazalia
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