Danbury artist Megan Marden opens the door into a personal creative world with a series of paintings based on her loft workshop at an exhibit that will open on Nov. 16 at the @287 Gallery, hosted by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut.
The exhibit is titled “All Experience is an Arch,” and will feature a dramatic oil painting that shows the arched stained-glass window inside her workshop above Main Street.
“In my paintings, I try to communicate a specificity of place that is non-visual — the musty, attic-like smell, the sounds of an old building and a framing shop next-door,” Marden said. “The sense of being in the center of a small city, but also feeling isolated and disconnected from it.”
The @287 Gallery, at 287 Main St. in Danbury, will host an opening for the artist on Friday, Nov. 16, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., also featuring music and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are requested by visiting http://bit.ly/MegMarden or calling (203) 798-0760.
Marden earned a bachelor’s and Master of Fine Arts, both in Painting, from Western Connecticut State University. In addition to working as an artist, she teaches art history at Naugatuck Valley Community College and sits on the exhibition committee for the Washington (CT) Art Association.
“For the past four years I have made all of my work in my studio in Danbury,” Marden said. “The small space is filled with personal detritus, paintings, supplies and miscellaneous items purchased at the dollar store across the street. There are permanent and inherited fixtures, a large desk, a steam radiator, a stained glass window and a red mini piano – all remnants of the history of the space before I was there. The space itself has become something of a self-portrait. I have a connection to all of the items inside, and I’m usually there alone. The room is carpeted in clues about my personality and behaviors, but it also has its own character, one beyond my manipulation that imposes itself on my work.”
Marden has staged solo shows previously at Canterbury School in New Milford and at Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted. Group shows with her art in 2018 and 2017 have been held at The Painting Center, Blue Mountain Gallery, and the Stuart Shills Juried Exhibition in the Prince Street Gallery, all in New York.