MARCIA MYERS (1949-2008)
Frammento del Muro MMI-XVII, 2001
Fresco on linen
46 x 45 ½ inches
Using historical pigments ground at sites throughout Italy with a mixture of marble dust and clear acrylic varnish, American artist Marcia Myers produces luscious and beautiful frescos reminiscent of first-century Pompeii murals in which walls are divided into three horizontal sectors, painted to resemble marble. The process of layering the different mediums enables her to emphasize the luminosity of pure color and light while avoiding illusionist representation. The abstract painters, Joseph Mallard William Turner and Mark Rothko, influenced Myers’ work but her primary inspiration is drawn from seeing the excavated fresco walls in Pompeii during a trip to Italy in the 1980s. She claims her “work is about paint and painting. That’s all.” Unlike the traditional fresco technique of painting into wet plaster, Myers’ process of layering the pigment, marble dust and clear acrylic varnish demands that the work be done very quickly. Satisfied with the color intensity and gradation, she embellishes the surface with dried fragments from previous paintings for contrast and depth. When the medium begins to harden, it is covered and set aside for about a week. During this aging process, work begins on other parts that will ultimately become part of a diptych or triptych. Myers has gained recognition for her sense of rich color and texture recalling the brilliant colors, textural and spatial elements of ancient Roman murals.