Marcia Myers - Remembrance


The fresco paintings of Marcia Myers speak of the essential, where visual cues give way to an underlying visceral experience expressed in pure painterly terms.  Myers transformed the ancient fresco technique into modern terms.  The experience was distilled into a synthesized abstraction of the essential in the artists' mind and became the inspiration for a lifetime of painting.  Myers' last body of work before her death was the culmination of a 28-year journey through time, integrating the technique of the masters with a vision of modernity, giving birth to the modern fresco.


Myers' paintings are relics of a creative process where the act of creating supersedes the product of the creation.  Here, paint takes center stage, creating a symphony of color, light, texture, shape and space.  The viewer is propelled into a realm beyond recognizable subject matter, a place devoid of work and imagery where all is stripped to its very essence.  Here, the past and present commingle.


An ardent technician, Myers spent years mastering the art of fresco painting.  Marcia Myers' paintings tantalize, inviting the viewer into an ineffable dialogue with paint.  The result is pure sensory indulgence.  Myers referred to color as "the most relative medium in art."  Her luscious reds recall the ruins of Pompeii; earthy ochre's:  Tuscany; iridescent lapis blues: Giotto's Arena Chapel murals.  While these colors summon a specific place and time, the viewer also responds in a personal way.  Colors trigger memories and associations, shaping the lens through which the viewer perceives art.  It is through the power of color that the mind is transported through space and time to arrive at a present interpretation of past.