States… Of Mind
Marshall encourages the viewer to try to spend time with the work and just enjoying the relationships of the shapes and colors. Starting the print, he was playing off of a saying, attributed to the painter, Francis Picabia, “Heads are round so thoughts can change direction.” He had read that somewhere, some years back, and it reminds him of when he was a kid, and the adults would say, “Don’t be such a block head.” “When you have difficulties, most of the times, it’s your thoughts stuck in a corner,” says Marshall.
Michael Marshall is professor of art and chair of the art department at UH Hilo. He has taught at UH Hilo since 1984 and has been actively engaged with a number of community organizations including the Volcano Art Center, East Hawai‘i Cultural Center, the Wailoa Center, the Ha‘aheo Soccer Club, Big Island Futbol Club, Hilo AYSO, and Our Downtown Hilo. He received his bachelor of fine arts in painting from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and master of fine arts in painting from Yale.
Check out our Artist in Residence spotlight blog series featuring Michael Marshall to learn more about the artist.
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