copyright Marsha Jorgensen 2008
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Biography and Artist Statement
Marsha Salyer Jorgensen graduated in 1988 from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and emphasis in Graphic Design. She has worked as a scenic artist in the movie industry and as an interior landscape designer for a Los Angeles firm handling Los Angeles International Airport, the Carnation building and several other buildings and celebrity clients. For several years while working as an elementary school librarian, she wrote the curriculum and lesson plan and trained docents for art programs in the Conejo Valley Unified School District servicing thousands of students. She has dabbled in free lance design and desktop publishing, earning the Past Presidents’ Award for the Best New Journal for The American Amateur Press Association for her publication Elemenopea. In the summer of 2008, Marsha quit working to pursue her own art seriously for the first time in nearly 20 years. Since then she has had mixed media collage work published several times in Somerset Studio magazine and is currently working on a long term book project featuring her images and short stories in collaboration with another artist.
“In my rather new life as a somewhat rusty and self-neglected artist, I have been working with small mixed media collages, exploring a completely different style of imagery than what I studied formally at the University of South Dakota many years ago. Caught up in the global altered art and collage explosion, I find great satisfaction and freedom in using, manipulating, and reinventing vintage images and constructing new ethereal but melancholy characters. I most often use photographs from the early 20th century including Edwardian style postcards, found portraits, and other photographs now in the public domain. Though I am conscious of what might be considered a trite and simple quality to my work, I am not concerned with that in this beginning of what I hope will be a long and learning visual journey. I am interested in creating small vignettes, small works that I hope offer an instant lighthearted and simple visual connection without the burden of trying to communicate a deep social or philosophical message.
"After some digital manipulation, I reprint parts from many different black and white vintage images and then carefully hand-cut and hand-color these pieces in the character construction process. The characters are then attached to a less important background that is usually made from layering other photographs digitally and reprinting them on or with vintage papers and ephemera trims. Having used letterpress printing in years past, and appreciating the delicate impression left in the paper from that process, I prefer working with the subtle and imperfect layers of hand-cut and hand-colored collage work over the flat and more perfect quality of completely digital work. “
Marsha has lived nearly 20 years in the Los Angeles area with her husband, Kent, whom she met and married while attending the University of South Dakota. They have two teen-age children. Marsha can be reached at email@example.com.