My paintings are brought to life by critical observation, personal experience, memory and reactions to events. They become a metaphor for personal emotions and external perceptions, but on a broader level integrate the personal with wider questions, political and social.
Using organic forms found in the figure as a source, the work is informed by nature, science and the potential for investigating new ideas to describe the fluidity of life and bodily changes that occur due to the effects of genetics or the environment, causing decay and death. Images of organs, body parts, cellular forms, pods and rocks evolve into abstract images commenting on complex associations, perceptions and emotion.
In constructing the abstractions, I fracture, deconstruct and recontextualize the forms, using the painting process, without losing the specificity of the emotional metaphor. The resultant images are mostly abstract, but in fact, based on the constant inquiry into the reality of life experience.
My work is included In the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan, the University of Michigan Art Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Dennos Museum, Northern Michigan University, Traverse City, Michigan and in an exhibition at the Kresge Foundation Headquarters, Troy, Michigan and at Mercedes Benz Research & Development North America, Detroit, Michigan.
Marcia Freedman, 4 Steps, 72x192, oil on canvas, 2013; Courtesy of the artist
Marcia Freedman, Cuz, 84x96, oil on canvas, 2012; Courtesy of the artist
Marcia Freedman, He Said, She Said, 84x96, 2013, oil on canvas; Courtesy of the artist