Marina Dunbar’s paintings are nature-based abstractions, composed through harmonious movement, material improvisation and layers of translucent color. The paintings bare resemblance to elements in nature while simultaneously departing from literal representations. Each painting seeks a level of reservation as well as an embrace of the unforeseeable. Her relationship with painting is very physical. The artist’s process is to manipulate the surface of each piece, granting the work a sculptural quality. Moving around the painting, positioning themselves to direct paint flow from specific angles. The process lends itself to the build-up of layers, capturing traces of time and movement. The practice is both seductive and uncertain. Fluid media is sensitive to its environment; a deep breath, a slight shift of focus, a sound in the distance all impact the process, causing the marks to sway from their predetermined path.
While in residence, Dunbar plans to create a body of work influenced by Betwixt and Between, an installation by Patrick Dougherty displayed in the Museum's glass atrium on the second floor. While formally a painter, the artist approaches their work in three dimensions, rather than two. Dougherty's installation comprised of materials from nature captivated Dunbar and she will pull inspiration from the sculpture and engage with its whimsical aura.
Marina Dunbar was born in Minsk, Belarus and moved to the United States when she was nine years old. Dunbar studied business and art at Columbus State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2016. She currently lives and works in Charleston, SC.
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