Size: 18"W x 20"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2014
Ready to Hang
Marisa Murrow was born in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has traveled all over the world exploring the art and culture. India and Indonesia left a significant and lasting impression on her creative path. A traveler in her place of origin, Murrow collects visual information on site; producing intimate landscape and flower paintings.
Murrow has exhibited her work at the Laguna Art Museum, California Heritage Museum, the McLean Gallery, Malibu, Schomberg Gallery, Santa Monica, LA Design Center, LACMA Rental Gallery, The Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, The Red House Gallery, The Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, Gallery 825, Topo Ranch, The Rose Cafe, Venice, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, San Diego Art Institute, Project Angel Food, Garboushian Gallery, Palos Verdes Art Center, The Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, the McNish Gallery at Oxnard College and the Brand Library Art Galleries, City of Glendale.
I paint and collect visual information on site; producing small, intimate portraits of mobile homes along the Southern California coast. On mountains sheltered from the rest of the city I direct my critical gaze at a mobile home park. The aerial perspective from which I paint is an exploration of the shifting social landscape present in Los Angeles. We are neither here or there in this ambiguously flat yet dimensional landscape. I began this series by eliminating the edge of the hill I was standing on to allow the viewer to loom above the park. I wanted to create a state of transition; an in between place. I paint the stuff people want to omit from their oceanfront properties; trailers, and mobile homes, skateboarders, telephone wires, trash cans and rooftops. The visual rhythm of each structure is designed to be a collection of abstract paintings of contemporary thought. I begin with a thin wash of burnt sienna or vibrant green which peeks though the paint to create dimension on the surface. These colors also lend a warm temperature to the work, reflecting the heat this city experiences year round. Mobile home parks are commonly perceived as gritty, unpretentious and rather low income means of shelter. The homes depicted in this body of work face the Pacific Ocean like a captive audience, worshipping the waves and the sun. The viewer is offered a delightful protest to the endless search for connection to nature in the excessively materialistic setting of Los Angeles. With the ocean at their front door for almost free, these homes on wheels need not roll away anytime soon.