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ARTtalk – Dara Mark: In the Garden of Healing
Mar 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Online – A link to access the event will be emailed to each registrant.
Join us as Dara Mark shares the artistic practice and insights behind her exhibition, In the Garden of Healing, currently being exhibited at the Turchin Center!
The paintings in this exhibition were made over the five-year period after Mark’s husband died. Each of them reflects her emotional state during the process of grieving and healing and describes in abstract terms an arc of personal growth. She intends the paintings to serve as beautiful, balanced fields for contemplation, and possibly for healing. She invites the viewer to turn inward to spaces that are, paradoxically, expansive.
Related Exhibition – In the Garden of Healing: Dara Mark
About the Artist
Growing up near New York City, Dara Mark enjoyed an early exposure to the arts, especially the abstract expressionist movement that was then current in the galleries and museums. As a child she was encouraged to explore many media, including textiles and fiber arts. Her father, a watercolor artist, was a major inspiration.
She was one of the first women to graduate from Yale College in 1971, with a major in architecture. Later, her Master’s in ceramics from the University of California, Santa Barbara gave her experience with the unpredictable fluidity of ceramic glazes, which continues to reverberate in her approach to watercolor. Much as the ceramic artist relies on the interaction of fire and chemicals for her effects, Mark invites gravity to direct the flows in her paint washes. Her affinity for unforced consequences has been further developed over decades of chi gong practice, traditional Chinese energy work engaging the vital flows in the body.
Mark received artist grants from the California and Missouri state arts councils and served as a master artist for talented high school students in Santa Barbara County, California. She has taught art to all ages, from kindergarteners to seniors. Her work is owned by private and corporate collections across the West, including Neiman Marcus Corporation, Gulfstream Corporation and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.
Since 1997 she has been painting full time in Lamy, New Mexico. She lives and shares a studio with her son, Turner Mark-Jacobs, a graphic artist.