Marah brown Rohovit
I do not consider myself an intellectual painter, rather one of expressing an emotional response to an intellectual thought. I am fascinated by human elements and those in nature born in traditions that form bridges from one generation to the next. A continuity of spirits bound to an eternal community.
My work speaks to the chaos in community created by humans and contrasted by the calming serene beauty of nature and its natural order. It seems as though, as hard as we try to destroy the earth’s natural gifts, it, the earth, fights back with explosions of color and song.
I have learned through observation, that it is the smallest of the small that gives strength to the largest and boldest among us. Tension and release are created in my work by dissecting form into shapes with attention to the weight of line and rhythm.
My use of black and white represents my philosophy of truth or no truth, of absolutes. “It is or it is not.” There is no intimate dialogue between black and white. The strength is in their contrast and in their opposing forces of absolutes. There too, lies their seduction.
The foundation of my paintings consists of multiple layers of paint reflecting soft earth tones with blues and lavenders and raw color floating on the surface, like a primal call to a most basic emotion of passion. At times, a defining force of push pull finds its way into my work and those forces of contrasting positive negative forms are a natural part of my visual language, born of community.