A water color work of mine was included in the touring group exhibit organized by Park Fine Art, Albuquerque; 2011 Park Fine Art International Tour Show, The exhibit toured: Yu-Shin Museum of Art, Harbin, China (September13-September 20), Korea International Art Fair (September 22-26, and the Mujuanseong Gallery, Seoul, Korea (September 26-October 3). There is an accompanying catalog. Wesley Pulkka writes in the catalog introduction, “Pure minimalism is the life breath of Marietta Patricia Leis of the USA, in her ‘Turquoise Chime’ a contemplative modulated monochrome painting.” The photo below shows the enthusiastic crowd that greeted the exhibition. Congratulations to Young-Sook the organizer. I look forward to participating again in 2012!
Lapland is the Northern part of Finland above the Arctic Circle. It is where Santa Claus lives. Several Santa’s. I found my Santa in Rovenimieni where our plane landed before driving to the Artist Residency in Kemijärvi where my husband and photographer, David Vogel, who accompanied me, and I would stay for 5 weeks.
I applied to this residency as it was the one furthest North in Finland. I had seen pictures of the area and it spoke to me of lakes and open spaces, good inspiration for my reductive paintings. What surprised me as we drove the highway to Kemijärvi were the trees lining the road. Different types of forests with birch trees and evergreens predominating, their different heights telling me if they were third or fourth or more growth forests. The impressive thing visually was that this world appeared vertical to me and I had anticipated a horizontal minimal landscape.