Marian Lansky is part of the team the operates the Kenspeckle Letterpress, one of the most interesting, fun studio/shops in town. It combines centuries-old art processes with modern technology to create loads of great work. There will be an Earth Day open studio and shop on Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second floor of the DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace, an opportunitity to stop in and see the work and meet the artist. Marian and her husband, Rick Allen, will also be a part of Siivii’s Earth Day show, just across the alley from DeWitt-Seitz.
Below, Marian explains her work and process in her own words.
ML: After being a freelance graphic designer and sitting at a Mac for 25 years, it feels natural for me to create digitally — more natural than it does for me to use traditional media. I do, however, want my work to look like traditional media, so there’s a little duplicity going on here, for sure. At this point I am working on a Wacom Cintiq, which is essentially a monitor that lies flat, which you draw on with a stylus. It is as close to paper and paint as I’ve come, while still giving me the ability to easily change my mind.
I print my work in-house on Epson giclee printers, which can print up to 42 inches wide and give me the ability to work at a larger scale than my actual studio space allows.
Since I eased out of graphic design I’ve been experimenting like crazy, which is why I don’t appear to have a set style — at least not yet. My main concern is always color and pattern. I like to think that instead of portraying nature, I’m responding to the patterns behind nature. Color, to me, is almost like music. It’s a language of its own and I find that color can be healing, nourishing, harmonizing and enlivening in the same way that music can.
I’ve done a fair amount of commissioned work for Essentia Health/St. Mary’s Hospital, where my work can be seen in the lobby, cafeteria and staff library. I also have quite a few pieces up at Amberwing, at Northwood Children’s West, the Building For Women and Republic State Bank.
In addition, my work can be seen on the website I share with my husband, printmaker Rick Allen, kenspeckleletterpress.com as well as in our studio shop on the second floor of the DeWitt-Seitz building in Canal Park, at Siiviis in Canal Park, and Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais.
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