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Art & Life with Marilyn Kalish, Berkshire Artist

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marilyn Kalish.

Marilyn, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have been making art my whole life … I grew up in a family of artists. My son, Michael Kalish is an artist as well – I think it is fair to say, it runs in the family. My fascination has always been with energy, movement and physics. And how to translate that interest to a surface.

It is very much like Rorschach – layers of lines, charcoal smudges, mark making. After some time, it becomes a communal experience … It is giving me hints how to proceed. Process is what truly matters me.

Drawing is the language I speak. I am trying to clear my mind, trick my psyche … I am trying to get out of my own way … leave ego behind. I work for hours with my eyes closed. I enter the drawing. Then I am left with a large scribble, elegant, gritty lines. I leave the studio. After a while, I return and sit with the work. I wait – until I see something that resonates, a recognition. This process becomes a communal experience. The marks are informing me. There are hints. I can’t – I don’t – force the image. It is a meditation of sorts. I don’t cover up the process; I want to see the experience, the energy behind the lines. I am interested in physics; the idea of chaos and order is seductive. Solitude is my best and worst friend.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I work on a custom made – glass beaded mylar. It is a complex material, it has memory. It holds all the marks I make on the reverse side. Even after I’ve edited or removed them from the front – this work has another life on the reverse.

It is also translucent – I often suspend the pieces. Large panels hang from the ceilings in my studio and galleries. A labyrinth of sorts, paintings/drawings morph into narratives — organically the translucency of the materials creates relationships. Hopefully, my paintings and drawings are fluid, spontaneous and energized.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
The privilege to make art every day is how I would define success. – Marilyn Kalish

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Marilyn Kalish’s works are currently exhibited at The Vault Gallery in the Berkshires … 322 Main Street Great Barrington, MA 01230.

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Image Credit:
Michael Kalish

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