Maron Resur: Art at Division
December 2010

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With two artist parents, Maron Resur has spent her whole life closely linked to the art world. Maron’s childhood in the “Kentucky Bottoms” of rural, southern Indiana was spent playing with her parents’ old paints and accompanying her father as he traveled for exhibitions and shows throughout the eastern United States.

In 2002, she completed her BFA degree with majors in Drawing and Printmaking, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Since college, Maron has moved away from printmaking and has experimented with painting. Maron moved to the Seattle area in late 2006, and has continued showing her work in juried exhibitions, as well as solo shows up and down the west coast.

These paintings paint themselves.

While academic technique and training is indispensable to my work, I don’t feel that a painting is truly complete until I’ve reached the point where academic training leaves off and instinct takes over. My best work is characterized by a harmony between my academic training and intuition.

I have always been drawn to the serial, narrative nature of bookmaking, and I incorporate this sensibilty into my groupings of paintings.  To tell my own story with the most classic and unambiguous of techniques, saturated color, tight scaling, and illusionistic modeling are indispensable.  I use intimate close-ups to show the interesting peculiarities of faces and expressions.  Empty spaces suggest the 2500 miles between where I’ve always lived and where I live now. There is little subtext in my work, as I try to be as literal as possible.

I paint with my fingers, feeling out the fleshy contours of familiar faces.  These paintings often elicit a strong emotional response from the viewer.  I credit this to the intimacy of painting family and friends, and the humor and pathos that lend humanity and meaning to my work.

Farmer’s Daughters: The plan for these Farmer’s Daughters was to paint portraits of girlfriends of mine from the midwest, Indiana specifically. Many have moved away. I think a lot about playing the part of a Hoosier, a hillbilly, a southerner, simple country girl, because it is difficult to convey that lifetime of identity and experience – a caricature is conjured up instead, to give a ham-fisted impression. At the same time, I’ve tried to exalt the tough, corn-fed beauty that’s true in these girls.

Cities: These pieces are exercises in color, inspired by the t-shirts collected over the years of traveling to dad’s art shows.  They explore a personal geography of heartland cities, in graphic self portraits.