Marlene Bauer’s intimate paintings combine a subtle use of color with distinctive drawings from the artist’s observations, creating a unique visual language referencing experience and inhabited space. The artist’s use of acrylic paint and ink create compositions that are both “intensely personal and evocatively accessible.” Carefully defined image fragments integrate into a cohesive whole, making up a visual and written vocabulary that evoke the substance of a poem. Bauer’s personal experience of synesthesia—seeing color through sound—and her refined color palette contribute to the paintings’ overall allure. The artist’s fluid application of glyphs and undefined symbols juxtapose with the precise balance and grid-like nature of floating forms.
A Northwest native, Marlene Bauer received her BFA in 1976 from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Since that time she has exhibited her work throughout the Northwest. Her work is in private and public collections along the West coast including the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Health & Science University, Safeco Corp., and Seattle Arts Commission. Public commissions include a columnar mosaic for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WA, and most recently, projects for public libraries in Portland and Troutdale, OR.