Hudson/Past Perfect is a series of 20x30 archival pigment prints. The prints of this series were photographed on a train trip home to NY. These images are reminiscent of the landscape paintings that I exhibited in the late 1960s. In that painting series, which was called Meditations, the vastness of landscapes was explored. Although these current prints are more monochromatic and introspective than my previous work, both have a common thread running through them. Like many artists, I seem to be searching to reclaim some memory from a past where life was simpler and perfection was less veiled.
I have always been drawn to the meditative quality of the waters of the Hudson River and the sacred aspects of the natural environment. The dramatic play of light on the landscape, the reflective water, the hazy sky and monotone colors were inspired by the Luminist Movement of the 1850s. The Hudson/Past Perfect series recalls a more romantic era when God and Nature were viewed as one.
Marna Bell received a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Syracuse University in painting. Her Green Lakes series was exhibited in a solo show at Syracuse Universitys Warehouse Gallery, followed by the Image City Photography Gallery in Rochester, the State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca, and the Syracuse Technology Garden. Her work was selected for The Object and Beyond, the 2008 Everson Museum Biennial. Solo exhibitions include Clarion State College and the Everson Museum of Art. She is a New York State Council of the Arts Grant recipient. Bells photography is currently being exhibited at the Limner Gallery in Hudson, NY.