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Marianna Williams

Marianna Williams

Acrylic on wood panels in realtor work area

I attended Brown University and received my BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design before completing my MFA with a concentration in Time Based and Interactive Media at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of New Media at Augusta University. My personal work usually lives in galleries or as Net art. I also collaborate with landscape architects, fabricators and filmmakers to build technologies which make systems in the environment more visible.

 

In my studio practice I work with media installation because building sensory devices which augment space helps me extend my own understanding of my body and identity. In my life I have explored environments ranging from the American desert to the Arctic Circle, often by foot, boat or bicycle, to collect imagery which pushes against themes of loss, navigation and limits and which present questions of sustainability. In the process of collecting this visual data I consider my past experiences in elite athletics and hope that my personal questions might give light to issues that we face culturally.

Project Statement:

Layered notes, architectural drawings and organic elements are woven together to reference elements specific to the local environment and the office’s new construction. As a result, it is possible to explore the space of the painting like a map to discover new images over time. For example, the text ‘BCB’ is layered within the space of the work in memorial of the late Mrs. Beazley, who helped found Beazley Realtors. The idea of growth, represented by organic and botanical elements, and balance, represented by construction plans, are central to the imagery in the painting.