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Check Out Marsha Glazière ’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marsha Glazière.

Hi Marsha, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I have been painting and sculpting since I was a kid and professionally for a whole lot longer. Art is absolutely my passion, whether creating it myself or basking in art on museum’s walls. Fortunately for me, my father was also an artist and took me to those museums. Our home was always filled with art he collected. I worked for a fashion illustrator while attending high school in Miami, Florida. At college (University of Illinois), I started in fashion design and after one semester of basic drawing, I knew I had to switch into the painting curriculum. That became the foundation for my career and I continued to enhance my education. Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Painting at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, minor in Textiles; I advanced study at the University of Washington School of Medicine – Program of Anatomical Studies, Seattle, WA
Master Painting Program w/ Nathan Oliveira (Stanford University) Monotype Study Program with Michael Mazur (Yale University).

My work represents a mosaic of people, cultures, environmental conditions, and experiences that address issues we ALL share—whether locally or beyond multiple borders. Merging aestheticism with substantive issues has enabled me to visually describe my own self-actualization as well as to advocate for social change and political freedom for women and oppressed people globally.
Using colláge and incorporating sculptural elements into and beyond the canvas enhances the perception of movement and emergence.

When I lived in Seattle, my teaching experience included grants for a position of “Artist in residence’ working with disadvantaged youth. My work has been exhibited in over 150 exhibitions worldwide and is held in many private and public collections.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
All that I have experienced including re-locating several times, teaching, being a single parent— all presented constant challenge and inspiration for my art. My work has often gone against the grain of whatever was trendy in art at the time. I look at all my experiences— good and bad through a positive lens, since it all contributes to how I think and what I do artistically. Of course, being a female artist presents its own set of challenges.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
What I am most proud of throughout my creative artistic career is that I have remained true to myself and my artistic vision. I have resisted catching the current artistic wave or reproducing my work over and over again to please a gallery owner. This characteristic along with the willingness to tackle difficult or controversial subjects such as the ever-human figure (the often unacceptable nude) and diverse environmental and political issues definitely sets me apart.

My process of incorporating found objects (which I often discover in the street) and various papers and textural fibers keeps my process exciting and challenging. My 3-dimensional figures and horses literally emerge from the canvas. I have remained open to exploring a multitude of media allowing me to create fabricated sculptures, mixed media paintings, drawings as well as receiving commissions for architectural sculptural restoration and life-sized free-standing bronze sculpture.

Facebook comments from fans: “In addition to your beautiful artwork, the integration of social and world issues put you in a class by yourself… brava!” and “Strength and beauty totally awake and magnificent!”

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Probably a little about all the different hats I’ve had to wear in order to support my family and my creativity and about the book I wrote — Eclectic COFFEE Spots in Puget Sound, which took 3 years to complete. I am now currently writing my memoir.

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1 Comment

  1. Jennifer

    October 7, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Wonderful interview – I have seen several of these paintings in person. Glaziere incorporates collages that are related to the theme of each piece. It’s important to take time to study each one, learn about it’s meaning, and talk to people about these important issues in our world.

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