“Once upon a time, in a time both past and present, there lived an ancient castle upon a rock – surrounded on all sides by a dark and churning sea and only accessible at low tide. Over this castle a spell has descended, a spell of sleep – rendering the inhabitants somnambulists trapped halfway between life and death and forced to walk in languid nightmares. From the castle and into the woods, two sisters have fled. From their makeshift shelter they try every day to craft a spell to break the spell – to awaken the inhabitants and set them free.” Evocative of gothic tropes and imagery culled from contemporary fashion, Marci Washington’s watercolors in Sleeping Spell lead the viewer through this tale of enchantment.
(text source: Rena Bransten Gallery)
Marci Washington, “The Castle”, 2013, Watercolor, gouache on paper, 44 x 30 inches; Courtesy of Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
More on Marci Washington (b. 1980)
I grew up moving all over the California bay area. I moved to Oakland to attend the California College of the Arts and Crafts, where I received my BFA in 2002 and my MFA in 2008. I now live and work in Berkeley, CA.
I am interested in building a fictional narrative with connections to history as well as to the present. It's like I'm illustrating a novel that doesn't exist. If it did, it would probably be a lot like Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, or Turn of the Screw- novels which function as social commentary as well as haunting epics of supernatural romanticism.
(text source: Artist's Website)
(Image on top: Marci Washington, “Sisters” , 2013 , Watercolor, gouache on paper , 22 1/2 x 19 inches; Courtesy of Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA)