There is something very compelling with fluffy cotton candy kittens in a basket. Especially if they got three eyes each…
Marion Peck takes us into a world of loneliness, detachment, heartbreakingly sweet and over sugary. A carnival world of candyfloss where doe-eyed animals roam free. She gives you saccharine overdose and a wink to uber-cute vintage postcards with a misfit twist.
I think of: Nature as void. Allusions to Eden, Jehova’s Witnesses’ pamphlets, The Last Supper. Russian orthodox iconology and religious oil prints. Something unknown, possibly scary, under the surface (see the whale creature under the sea). Sad clowns, scary clowns. Masks. Extinct creatures. Dodo Bird. Old Dutch oil paintings of home interiors, 19th century cabinet photography. Working in the same tradition as Mark Ryden, whom she happens to be married to.
Sweet, sweet Halloween. And something wicked this way comes.
Marion Peck was born on October 3, 1963 in Manila, the Philippines, while her family was on a trip around the World. She grew up in Seattle, Washington. She received a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1985, and studied in two different MFA programs, Syracuse University in New York and Temple University in Rome. She currently lives in Eagle Rock, California with her husband Mark Ryden.
Peck became known for her work in Pop surrealism, and has exhibited her work in Paris, Rome, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. Her work has also been used for album covers, such as Waking the Mystics by Portland art rock group Sophe Lux. She released a book with her husband, artist Mark Ryden called Sweet Wishes.
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