Exhibition

Marci Washington: Sleeping Spell

Press Release

MARCI WASHINGTON: SLEEPING SPELL

December 19, 2013 - February 1, 2014

Reception: Thursday, December 19, 5:30-7:30pm

“Once upon a time, in a time both past and present, there lived an ancient castle upon a rock – surrounded on all sides by a dark and churning sea and only accessible at low tide. Over this castle a spell has descended, a spell of sleep – rendering the inhabitants somnambulists trapped halfway between life and death and forced to walk in languid nightmares. From the castle and into the woods, two sisters have fled. From their makeshift shelter they try every day to craft a spell to break the spell – to awaken the inhabitants and set them free.” Evocative of gothic tropes and imagery culled from contemporary fashion, Marci Washington’s watercolors in Sleeping Spell lead the viewer through this tale of enchantment.

Washington grew up in the Bay Area and received her BFA and MFA from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. She has been the recipient of awards from both the Anderson Ranch Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation. Recent exhibitions include Secret Drawings at the Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA in 2010, The Blood is the Life: Vampires in Art & Nature at the Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA, as well as a solo show at Leeds College of Art, Leeds, Yorkshire, UK in 2013. Marci Washington: Selected Works 2005 – 2013 with an essay by Nathaniel Rich is scheduled for publication this December.   

MARCI WASHINGTON: SLEEPING SPELL

December 19, 2013 - February 1, 2014

Reception: Thursday, December 19, 5:30-7:30pm

“Once upon a time, in a time both past and present, there lived an ancient castle upon a rock – surrounded on all sides by a dark and churning sea and only accessible at low tide. Over this castle a spell has descended, a spell of sleep – rendering the inhabitants somnambulists trapped halfway between life and death and forced to walk in languid nightmares. From the castle and into the woods, two sisters have fled. From their makeshift shelter they try every day to craft a spell to break the spell – to awaken the inhabitants and set them free.” Evocative of gothic tropes and imagery culled from contemporary fashion, Marci Washington’s watercolors in Sleeping Spell lead the viewer through this tale of enchantment.

Washington grew up in the Bay Area and received her BFA and MFA from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. She has been the recipient of awards from both the Anderson Ranch Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation. Recent exhibitions include Secret Drawings at the Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA in 2010, The Blood is the Life: Vampires in Art & Nature at the Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA, as well as a solo show at Leeds College of Art, Leeds, Yorkshire, UK in 2013. Marci Washington: Selected Works 2005 – 2013 with an essay by Nathaniel Rich is scheduled for publication this December.   

MARCI WASHINGTON: SLEEPING SPELL

December 19, 2013 - February 1, 2014

Reception: Thursday, December 19, 5:30-7:30pm

“Once upon a time, in a time both past and present, there lived an ancient castle upon a rock – surrounded on all sides by a dark and churning sea and only accessible at low tide. Over this castle a spell has descended, a spell of sleep – rendering the inhabitants somnambulists trapped halfway between life and death and forced to walk in languid nightmares. From the castle and into the woods, two sisters have fled. From their makeshift shelter they try every day to craft a spell to break the spell – to awaken the inhabitants and set them free.” Evocative of gothic tropes and imagery culled from contemporary fashion, Marci Washington’s watercolors in Sleeping Spell lead the viewer through this tale of enchantment.

Washington grew up in the Bay Area and received her BFA and MFA from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. She has been the recipient of awards from both the Anderson Ranch Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation. Recent exhibitions include Secret Drawings at the Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA in 2010, The Blood is the Life: Vampires in Art & Nature at the Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA, as well as a solo show at Leeds College of Art, Leeds, Yorkshire, UK in 2013. Marci Washington: Selected Works 2005 – 2013 with an essay by Nathaniel Rich is scheduled for publication this December.   

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