African American Folk Art by Mari Hall
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Mari Hall, Artist

"Magic Trick" by Mari Hall
"Magic Trick" 13 in W X 13 in H - $225 USD
Fine Art Giclee Print on Watercolor Papers, Archival Quality
African American Folk Art
Art in the Key of Life



It is like a magic trick. Out there. Every single day it is like a magic trick. The sun goes where? Forget science. Just look outside, and where did the sun go? It went over there, behind the mountains, it disappeared again. It just goes away. I know, or at least I totally hope, that every single day, it will show up again. It's reliable that way, the sun, it does show up again, or we would be royally screwed, wouldn't we. So the magic trick has to happen, every single day. The other magic trick is not as reliable, that old moon stuff, it doesn't always show up. It gets all weird, turns strange colors, gets fat, gets thin, wanders over here, and over there, disappears, shows up during the day time, hides during the night time. It's shady, the moon, not at all up and up with being reliable like the sun, it just does whatever. It is more like slight of hand, showing up whenever, like it has a hangover and is just not going to bother with being regular. Well. Well. I wonder about the moon. I mean, the sun makes us nice and warm, grows the plants, makes everything sparkle and pretty. The moon, what does the moon give all of the time? Ocean tides? I don't think that is even regular. Maybe the moon helps out at night a little bit, but I guess it doesn't care all that much, just as long as it hangs out somewhere, as a moon. It's evening time, as I sit writing about "Magic Trick" and it's dark outside and maybe if I looked around I could find that old trickster moon hanging out somewhere, but for sure, absolutely for sure, the sun will be there tomorrow when I finally get up and go outside, it will be there. Or I will be royally screwed.


Mari Hall describes her painting style as folk art, with a balance of ethnic references, flowing into her description of her art as African American Folk Art which probably defies formal catalogue. The influences for her contemporary oil paintings derive from a host of painters, who also embraced flat plane composition, fauvist color and abolished formal constraints of chiascuro modeling, horizon lines and light versus shadow. Her modern artist eye does not deny the influence of modern advertising, modern photography and modern humor. She describes herself as a self-taught artist leaning heavily upon the works of Henri Matisse, Paul Klee, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, with a host of other artists shuffled in between days and nights of perusing art in its many forms, including music. Her African American Folk Art is also influenced by Haitian paintings which fly in the face of gravity and reason into torrents of color and history. Mari Hall prefers the sticky torpid passion of oil paint with its dangers and fumes, to the more readily prized acrylic paint. The entire experience of painting with oil is sensory to the extreme, propelling her into the azure skies of creativity with a touch of Mojave Desert madness. To calm her flight into the vagaries of chaotic paint, Mari sometimes tosses out a novel, as writing for her, is another form of painting, only with words.

Mari Hall started painting in her late 20s as a way to fill her time with something constructive and engaging. Painting became a gateway into an emotional and mental space that stretched into decades of intense learning, expansion, failure, success, dreaming that forever she would have tubes of oil paint, boxes of pencils, bottles of ink, reams of paper, rolls of canvas with endless amounts of time and energy to push all of each strand into some visual form that held pleasure for another besides herself. She is in her fourth decade of painting and hopes to mimic forever her desires in paint until she can no longer hold a brush.

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