Marsha Owett was born in 1967 in Soviet Moscow. Owett was given an arts-centric education from home, where her mother frequently held illegal artists’ salons and exhibitions. In 1977, her family was exiled to the United States, where Owett continued to develop her passion for both painting and photography. She later studied painting at the School of Visual Arts and in the late eighties, she lived and worked among the East Village art scene. In 1993, she moved to a small artist community in East Hampton, where she supported herself by making and selling expressionist sanded wood paintings. She moved to New York City in 2001, soon followed by a solo show of her paintings at Roger Smith Gallery. Soon after, she had two children, and she began transitioning back to photography. Her recent photographs have been shown at Rabbithole Gallery, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Murray State University, Underline Gallery, and was featured in a solo show at the Muse Center of Photography and the Moving Image. Since 2011, her work has been a New York Magazine critic’s pick, the subject of critical writing by Paddy Johnson, and has been featured on site95 journal, Deep Sleep Magazine, theartblog, and the Wall Street Journal.
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