Marilyn Propp

2018 RAM Artist Fellowship Recipient

"I’m inspired by the new paper I created this past summer. It has so many possibilities. At night, I think about the piece I’m currently working on. The shapes and movement within the paper dictate what prints are needed, where I will place them, and if I need to cut new blocks." — Marilyn Propp
 

Artist Statement

My series Notes from the Sea reflects the clash/coexistence between the industrial and natural worlds through shaped oil paintings on wood; relief prints on handmade paper, often with collage; and freestanding constructions of found objects.

In the paintings/works on paper, industrial debris and fragments of sea life are entangled, often morphing into one another. Machine parts disrupt the free-flowing undersea life. Fueled by my concerns about environmentally destructive practices (devastation of coral reefs, plastic debris, and oil spills), I use the materiality of paint, paper, wood, and print to present images of beauty while offering reflections on destruction.

As a medium, handmade paper reflects both the undersea world and the way paper is made. It’s a watery material in which wet pulp is formed, drained, and pressed. Pigmented pulp, pushed through a grid, creates a textured surface like fish scales. I print wood and linoleum blocks onto the dried paper, combining the paper’s texture and color with the relief prints’ crispness and layering. Installed 3” from the wall, they appear to float, creating an impression of underwater glimpses.
 

Artist Interview with RAM Curator of Exhibitions Lena Vigna.

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Marilyn Propp
Free Fall X, 2018
Relief print, pigmented pulp, and collage on handmade abaca paper
30 x 31 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Courtesy of the Artist
Marilyn Propp
Free Fall XI, 2019
Relief print, pigmented pulp, and collage on handmade abaca paper
33 x 36 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Courtesy of the Artist
Marilyn Propp
Free Fall XII, 2019
Relief print, pigmented pulp, and collage on handmade abaca paper
32 x 35 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Courtesy of the Artist
Marilyn Propp
Free Fall XIII, 2019
Relief print, pigmented pulp, and collage on handmade cotton paper

38 x 37 1/2 inches
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Photography: Courtesy of the Artist
 
Marilyn Propp
Mending the World, 2019
Relief print, pigmented pulp, collage, and
found objects on handmade cotton paper

33 x 34 inches
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Photography: Courtesy of the Artist
 
Marilyn Propp
Free Fall: Tracking, 2019
Relief print, pigmented pulp, and collage on handmade cotton paper
32 x 32 inches
Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Courtesy of the Artist