Undercover in the Age of Droplets
In ordinary times I create large paintings in an enormous studio in the South End of Boston. During the Covid-19 pandemic, however, I have been drawing, painting, collaging and photographing from a small room and a porch on the outskirts of the city. My work involves sociopolitical themes expressed through onionskin dye stains splashed onto canvas and paper.
The pandemic was upon us when the call for entries on the theme of droplets came from HallSpace Drawing Project 2020. The watery nature of the theme appealed to me and my work shifted direction. I created “Flurries,” a trilogy consisting of “Nozzles,” “Moon Drops,” and “Lunar Flurries.” Ubiquitous in the media and in our lives, droplets are rarely noticeable except through a telescope, a microscope or a magnifying glass, or when they form parabolas in the wake of water fountains, garden hoses and water pistols. On my daily walks I have become preoccupied with droplets that I spot in morning dew, sunrays, moon dust, and crashing ocean waves. I fastidiously avoided droplets in the form of spittle, tears, and blood out of fear that they might contain the dreaded red Coronavirus. This period of isolation has given me an opportunity to explore graphite, acrylic and ink in the creation of layers, transparency and movement of marks to evoke droplets: ever present, fearsome, peaceful.
Copyright © 2020 Marsha Odabashian
Marsha Nouritza Odabashian draws on human rights issues, history and current events as themes in her drawings and paintings. She exhibits in galleries and museums in the United States and Armenia. Odabashian studied art at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of New Orleans prior to receiving an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/ Tufts University. “Flurries” will be on exhibit at HallSpace Dorchester, MA September 5-October 10, 2020.