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27 Apr - Meet Bard Artist: Isabelle Marshall

New York

Isabelle Marshall is an illustrator, animator, and printmaker with a focus on personal and mythical iconographies as shown through illuminated manuscripts, shadow boxes, and cut paper.

 

Name: Isabelle Marshall

Age: 22

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Where you at now: Annandale on Hudson – NY

Graduation Year: 2017

 

Inspiration

“As a child I spent a lot of time painting and drawing with my grandmother, her family is full of artists, and she definitely remains my everlasting artistic guide and source of inspiration. My grandma moved from Sweden to Brasil, to the United States and created a lot of work inspired by all the places she lived, she also worked in almost any medium you could name, and was a real renaissance woman.”

 

Favorite landmark in New York?

The Taconic Sculpture Park

 

What is your preferred medium? Why? 

I love screen-printing, it is versatile, fast (I am too impatient to be a real printmaker) and satisfying. I also love that it can be applied to any surface, wood, fabric, paper, acetate you name it.

 

Which objects, people, and places do you most find inspiration in?

I’ve been working in collaboration and alongside my partner, who works mostly as a welder and sculptor. It has been really wonderful to watch our processes fit together and build a dialog between our practices.

 

Are you a morning or night person?

Always have been always will be, a real night owl, I like to work into the wee hours! Nighttime is peaceful.

 

Who is your favorite living artist right now?

I love Dorothy Iannone, she really pushed the envelope exhibiting art about female sexuality and faced a lot of lash back and censorship. She works with text and image, like I do, and focuses on many of the same themes I’ve been exploring.

 

Favorite museum in the U.S.?

The Neue Galerie

 

Favorite landmark in New York?

The Taconic Sculpture Park

 

Favorite activity other than art?

I love cooking delicious food with my friends at my Co-op, dancing and singing! In summertime I like to go swimming in the lake.

 

What is your creative process like?

I spend a lot of time drawing and writing in sketchbooks, because that is where my images are the most relaxed and free flowing, these sketches often get integrated into larger works. Everything I do happens without too much planning, I always work directly in ink, and I love the mystery of working straight from my gut.

 

What experience (or experiences) have most defined you as an artist, and shaped your style? 

As a child I spent a lot of time painting and drawing with my grandmother, her family is full of artists, and she definitely remains my everlasting artistic guide and source of inspiration. My grandma moved from Sweden to Brasil, to the United States and created a lot of work inspired by all the places she lived, she also worked in almost any medium you could name, and was a real renaissance woman.

 

What other projects are you working on besides the Freehand?

I am finishing up my senior thesis project at Bard right now. I made a series of paper cut outs that are lit from the back to make shadow scenes and illuminated dioramas. The project is about ancient and contemporary mythologies of womanhood, cautionary tales, and the passage of fables through time. It is also about using mythologization as a coping mechanism in my own life, and post graduation I am hoping to make a companion book to the project that is more autobiographical.