Cartouche, 2013. Mortar, steel, and pigments, 310 x 60 x 150 cm. Photo: Nicolas Brasseur, Courtesy the artist and The Pill®

Fragments of Interest: A Conversation with Marion Verboom

Complexly layered in thought and process, Marion Verboom’s works inhale cultural histories in order to exhale new-era imagery. By turns minimal, architectural, organic, and ornamental, her forms shape contemporary time into a fresh visual alphabet and run it A to Z through mythic narratives—from Aztec gods to the progeny of Zeus. Using materials and methods as archaically authentic as they are technologically experimental, Verboom deftly molds, casts, and hand-finesses clay, bronze, plaster, resin, and acetate until media and meaning become inseparable.

Joyce Beckenstein: Your works are extraordinarily layered. How did they evolve?
Marion Verboom:
In the beginning, my sculptures were very heterogenous. They dealt with architecture, Minimalism, geology, and archaeology. I was experimenting, but I wasn’t well informed about many of the materials that I was using—everything from steel to transparent resin . . .

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