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Maryn Christophel

Urban Decay Our imaginations seem to always have been sparked by ancient ruins, abandoned towns and derelict buildings. I have been particularly drawn to the beauty of urban decay that is created through the processes of time and weather on old surfaces. This patina of corrosion with its myriad textures, colors, and patterns, is the inspiration behind my latest series of artworks. For these pieces I studied hundreds of images of abandoned buildings in various stages of deterioration. I then drew simple sketches to capture the layout and design and to set the groundwork for each of them. I chose not to replicate the images exactly as I saw them but let each piece build naturally as a composite from my imagination. While each one has a distinct narrative character, they are intended to stimulate and evoke the viewer's memories, experiences and stories, and to draw on everyone's own unique interpretations.

RESUME

Exhibitions

2010 Pamela Skinner/Gwenna Howard Contemporary Art
Sacramento, CA
Group Show

2008 Old Library Art Studio
Roseville, Ca
2 person show

2007 Pamela Skinner/Gwenna Howard Contemporary Art
Sacramento, CA
Group show

2006 Pamela Skinner/Gwenna Howard Contemporary Art
Sacramento, CA
Group show

2005 Pamela Skinner Gallery
Sacramento, CA
Group show

2004 The Arts Building Gallery
Roseville, CA
2 person show

2004 Excentrique Art Gallery
Sacramento, CA
2 person show

2003 750 Gallery
Sacramento, CA
Group show

2003 Roseville Arts Center
Roseville, Ca
Group show

2002 Excentrique Art Gallery
Sacramento, CA
Solo show

2002 Excentrique Art Gallery
Sacramento, CA
Group show

2002 Haman House Art Show
Roseville, CA
Invitational Group Show

2001 Mendocino Art Center
Mendocino, CA
Group show

2001 Autumn Art Exhibit
Roseville, CA
Group show

2000 Autumn Art Exhibit
Roseville, CA
Group show

1998 American River College Art Gallery
Sacramento, CA
Group show

1998 Sierra College LRC Gallery
Rocklin, CA
Group show
1996 Northern California Art
Carmichael, CA
Juried Group show

Private Collection

Mr. and Mrs. David Coldoff
Atherton, CA

Bruce Benning of
Benning Design Associate, Inc.

Education

1996-1999 Metal Art Studio
Sierra College
Rocklin, CA

1995 B.S.
University of California
Davis, California

1989 Art Studio
University of California
Davis, CA

1976-1988 Art Studio
Sacramento City College,
American River College
Sacramento, CA
Community

Design and installation
Garden and Sculpture
Bannon Creek Elementary School
Natomas, CA

Awards and Honors
2004 Critics Pick
Sacramento Bee

2002 Critics Pick
Sacramento Bee

2001 Honorable Mention
Mendocino Art Center

1998 Art Excellence Award
American River College Art Gallery

1995 Honors
University of California, Davis

1994 Faculty Recognition of Special Achievement
University of California, Davis

Comments

"Maryn Christophel's wall sculptures of welded steel with wax, enamel and other materials are luxurious abstractions created by flame on metal."
     - Victoria Dalkey, Sacramento Bee art correspondent

"When I was a visiting sculpture teacher at U.C. Davis some years back I had magnificent students. They were inquisitive, adventurous and eager to learn, as any student should be. And then there was Maryn. She was different. Married, a mother, life fully launched. Maryn was not eager, she was on fire. Her sculpture was never an experiment. Her sculpture was an expression of her soul and its source….Last year I had a studio visit from Maryn. To my great joy she is at work making sculpture. …Maryn has found her mature art in burning metal. Her voice is crisp, thoughtful. As when I first met her she embodies her work. Maryn is Serious."
     - Roger Berry, Sculptor, Past President Crocker Art Museum Association Board of Directors

"Maryn Christophel's abstract metal wall pieces reflect the landscape of the Sacramento Valley seen from planes, speeding trains and autos. These warm, texturally rich works are cut and torch welded, hammered and colored with enamels, spray paint, oil pastels, colored pencils and waxes."
     - Victoria Dalkey, Sacramento Bee art correspondent