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“Being an artist is like being a spell caster,” Marjorie Guyon told me as we met to discuss her art……. Her great success has stemmed from her robust intellect and true talent in using art to affect the way that […]
“Being an artist is like being a spell caster,” Marjorie Guyon told me as we met to discuss her art……. Her great success has stemmed from her robust intellect and true talent in using art to affect the way that we think and see other people, our communities, and their potential. Her work is a fusion of the humanities, weaving a web with threads from history, languages, poetry, philosophy, and art. Her work in collage draws on her strength as a synthesizer of ideas. While she admits that she thinks abstractly, indeed often in metaphor, her work is never entirely non-objective. Rather, it is filled with cues and layers. It always has enough negative space, in every real and imagined dimension, to allow us to do some of that web-weaving on our own, too.
Guyon’s reputation is well-established in the traditional art market; the list of collections with her work is long and impressive. Yet much about the art world changed in 2008. Faced with forces beyond her control, but also with the understanding that it is in the nature of a creative career to shift, Guyon began to find new purposes in her art. She began working on the idea of a ‘bigger room’ – art in the public sphere – a series of ‘on the street museums’ . She increasingly has become involved in and committed to public art projects. Having established herself in one realm of the art world, she is now making a name for herself in yet another one.
Guyon’s art is at once accessibly abstract and highly intellectual. It rewards both the casual observer and the contemplative art appreciator. And, truly, it is full of integrity. Her wizardry is in using art to transform the spirit of a place. It is in using “art as a path of how it might be possible to think and see.” Ever the optimist, Guyon, through her work, gives us new eyes on our history and on each other, helping us envision not so much what is, but what can be.
Margaret Walker, Nashville Arts Magazine
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