Full Artist's statement
Vivid color and movement intensify in these abstract paintings as Marchand manipulates flowing paint to depict deep space and earthly references.
In Marchand's new work, intuition, playfulness, energy, color and movement are ingredients for her creative journey through space and time, where qualities of the feminine transform and morph between heaven and earth in her canvases. Since childhood, Marchand has been mesmerized by the fluid demarcation between earth and sky. From seascape, to desert vastness, to heavenly stars, her love of distance has pulled Marchand’s gaze toward the cosmos. Images from astrophotography opened the artists’ eyes to distant galaxies surrounding our solar system. After observing patterns of spacial destructive and creative forces, she has now turned her gaze to earth. Through vibrant color and pattern, Marchand visualizes the connections of energy patterns in the cosmos with those of the earth.
Research in astronomy excites the artist to dive into an intuitive process of painting, one that is receptive to synergistic information. Her work flows as metaphor, in vivid color and patterns, toward a new way of looking at earth. Distance creates an understanding of fragility and isolation of our planet in the vastness of space. Marchand’s work invites the viewer to re-envision earth as organic and alive; a dynamic system of energy nurturing life in the darker depths of the universe. When viewed from space, all differences in race, gender, topography, blend into a unified field of oneness.