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Marna Shopoff
Indianapolis, Indiana


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I take a classical approach to oil painting while infusing a contemporary twist. Exploring the structural landscape we currently reside in, my work investigates the use of abstraction as a way of moving through space.  Allowing my work to act as a metaphoric voice for contemporary social and cultural concerns, I question the permanence of the built world surrounding us.  Overlapping time and memory through technique and layering.  Translating drawn architectural lines, geometric shapes, and using instinctual responses to construct and deconstruct the composition, balance and harmony are created by choosing what to reveal and conceal. Colors are added, not to reflect what is there on the surface, but to capture the feeling of the subject or my inner response at that time. Like a medley of microcosms coming together to form the whole, so is the layering of the endeavors of life echoed within my artwork.





born: 1978, Fort Wayne, Indiana



Herron School of Art & Design, MFA Candidate, 2014

Herron School of Art & Design, BFA, 2012


selected awards/honors

Paul Zimmerman Memorial Endowment Scholarship, Herron School of Art & Design, 2009-2014

Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Herron School of Art & Design, 2013-2014

Graduate International Experience Award, Herron School of Art & Design, 2013

Mildred Darby Menz Award Reciptient, Herron School of Art & Design, 2012


selected publications

Manifest 7th Annual Master Pieces v73, Hued Constructs, Oil on Canvas, 2013

Im|Material Publication 01, Corresponding Convergences, Oil on Canvas, 2012

Manifest 8th Annual Rites of Passage v63, Complimentary Exchange, Oil on Canvas, 2012

Blue Canvas, The Artist Network, Magazine Issue 14, Into the Windows, Oil on Canvas, 2012


selected solo or two-person exhibits

Structured Essence, wUG, LAKU's Studio & Garage, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2012 (Solo)

Etiketta Exotica, Harrison Center for The Arts, Gallery No. 2, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2013 (Two-Person)

Responding, Harrison Center for The Arts, Gallery No. 2, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2012 (Two-Person)


selected group shows

17th Annual No Dead Artists, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2013

Master Pieces, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2013

Hoosier Zeitgeist, The Thompson Collection Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2013

Landscape, Structural, Ethereal, Stutz Artist Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2013



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