The Bounded Text
Works by Enzina Marrari
September 10 - October 28, 2018
The series of works shown here, by Anchorage-based artist Enzina Marrari, is part of The Bounded Text – a larger exhibition of national and international fiber artists united by their interest in rendering, applying, and utilizing text through a variety of techniques.
Although Marrari has often worked with what we might consider to be more traditional textile materials like fabrics and threads, the work shown here is fibrous in a slightly different way. For instance, in Letters to my Mother, Marrari reworked a small collection of antique Spanish-language physiology and anatomy textbooks using methods that seem to break them back down to their pulpy beginnings. She has de-binded the pages, drawn and stitched over entire passages of text, redacted other areas with gold-leafing, stained them with coffee and rum, mounted them on fabric, and covered others with vellum.
Marrari is a multi-media visual artist who employs a dynamic range of materials and mediums (sculpture, drawing, collage, sewing, performance) on a case-by-case basis determined by the content and context of the idea itself. Her work tends to address themes related to the personal, social, and political elements of the human experience. She is particularly interested in pushing the boundaries of personal vs. social space, norms and behaviours. Although all of the materials used in the works shown here have some resonance in our individual everyday lives (ie. mortar, horse hair, gold leafing), rearranged inside the context of the gallery they reappear as deeply intimate vignettes closely related to the artist’s own hands and making. This results in a sense of exposure, vulnerability and investigation for both the artist and the viewer – something that is consistent throughout her work.
Enzina Marrari received a Master of Arts from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She is a 2017 Rasmuson Fellow, a 2015 recipient of the Connie Boochever Fellowship through the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, a 2013 Career Opportunity Grant recipient from The Alaska State Council on the Arts, a 2012 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award recipient, and received a 2011 project grant from Radical Arts for Women. Marrari was awarded residencies through Proyecto Ace Artist Residency Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2011, and the Cill Rialaig Arts Center in 2017.
Marrari is deeply impassioned by her community and is interested in creating work that inspires and encourages engagement. She is currently living and working in Anchorage, Alaska where she finds inspiration in her surrounding environment, in the confrontation of the hard stuff, and in the stories of her peers. She lives by the belief that each person has the power to positively impact the world.
The rest of The Bounded Text can be viewed Monday through Friday, 10am – 5pm, at the Kimura Gallery, located on the Second Floor of the Fine Arts Building.
This exhibit will be in the arc gallery, located in the
UAA Consortium Library, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage.
An example of Marrari's gold leaf redaction from The Bounded Text exhibition