December 2nd and 3rd, 11am - 5pm
Mixed media artist Marsha Balian admits to difficulty following instructions (unless she really has to). She is self-taught and frequently invents her own techniques. Her work has a strong narrative quality and incorporates found objects combined with drawing and painting. Since invention doesn't require strict adherence to rules, her art avoids what might be literal and attempts to engage the imagination of the viewer. Humor is never far behind.
Marsha Balian's artwork has been shown throughout the Bay area, many parts of the country and internationally. Her work is placed in the Kaiser Hospital in San Leandro and the Hayward Main Library. She has been featured in several publications including Photo Trouvee Magazine, Woven Tale Press, Oakland Magazine, West Marin Review and 48 Hills Magazine. Her work is included in "Collage by Women: 50 Women Collage Artists of the World" a book published in Spain that has enjoyed huge international success.
I am married to spontaneity in the studio, meaning I do not plan, or conjure my work in advance. I am propelled by a sense of mystery, waiting (not always patiently) to see who and what will arrive once I set out on the journey of making art. My work may begin with shadowy notions, but in many respects, it is the force of curiosity that holds my attention captive. It is a mystery to be solved, a conundrum to be settled and I am compelled to carry on until the work tells me that it is done.