Renée Marceau – Artist Statement
I grew up combing the beaches and hiking the mountain trails around the Pacific Northwest.
These early forays into the wild instilled a curiosity for the often overlooked or forgotten objects in nature. Today, this relationship finds its way into my art making filling drawers of carefully curated objects. I work with materials from the land and sea that inspire me ~ like willow, nettle, bones, shells, and seed pods ~ constructing 3D assemblages. I seek patterns and shapes that connect seemingly unconnected objects highlighting common threads and the tenuous edge of vulnerability and impermanence we all face. My work strives to elevate the connections and the tension between the natural world around us and our inner human nature. In my view, we are not separate from nature. We are nature.