Flatfile Collection

Artist Statement

Barbara Marks’s colorful paintings are rooted in direct observation and memory. Fusing reality and invention, they suggest ordinary objects, eccentric landscapes, and quirky interior spaces. She says, “In my work, I oscillate between geometric and representational abstraction—driven by my interest in economy of expression, and my belief in the role that color can play in the situation of a particular painting. My primary medium is color—everything else falls into place to support that. I am interested in color for its own sake—color as form; color as content. Beauty and craft are important to me. My work evades being neatly pigeonholed into a genre or a ‘style.’ I paint what interests me in whatever way I feel like painting it.”