Market to Market by Mary V. Marsh -SOLD OUT!

Drawing in a journal and logging entries of my daily commute by bus, bike and BART from Oakland to San Francisco and back for a year, I became more aware of what was going on around me, experiencing instead of trying to block out. My journal drawings and notes became the source material for artist's books and prints. The carousel format creates a stage set for each day of the work week. Each of the five vignettes frame a view through a bus window. The complex scenes suggest the patterns of people moving through the city. A selection from my diary for each day of the week is letterpress printed on each window layer. As each section is opened up Monday through Friday it keeps on going around again and again, a moveable book about movement. The colophon is handset type on a checkout card, reflecting the library job I travel to.

Artist Bio

Mary V. Marsh has been making art and working in libraries in the Bay Area since 1984. She received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1992. She has exhibited throughout the Bay Area with solo shows at, San Jose Museum of Art, San Francisco Art Commission at Grove Street, Berkeley Art Center, San Francisco Public Library Skylight Gallery and Mercury 20. Currently an artist in Residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California, she makes artist's books, prints and collaborative work with Tony Bellaver at Quite Contrary Press, in Oakland, California. Quite Contrary Press is in the collections of SFMOMA Library, The Bancroft Library, Yale University Art Library and many others. Recording the patterns of daily activities and observations in journal drawings and diary entries, Marsh creates prints, artist's books and assemblages. Materials and techniques suggest an evolving history of communication.