Loren Marple uses shifting memory and personal experience to inform her collages and paintings, exploring themes of connection and that which we keep hidden.
Growing up in a very close family, her relationship with her sister informed her early paintings in college, drove her first narratives, and informed her shape-making. This work evolved, continuing to use strong lines, forms, opacity, and transparency to delve further into themes of connectedness, humor, and foreboding, all contained within an idiosyncratic world.
After completing her BFA degree, Loren served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, but returned early after 14 months of service. A couple of years after her return, she reflected on the experience and her memories in a new body of work, one that processed lingering feelings of yearning for the vast views and headspace of new experiences and people, as well as feelings of guilt for not completing her service. Specific symbols and parts of figures emerged repeatedly in the work, creating a visual language that speaks simultaneously of joy, regret, and longing.
Loren’s work continues to exude a playful and occasionally melancholic feeling, one that embraces the odd and surreal aspects of the everyday. Her exuberant use of color and bold child-like shapes evokes that vivid elusiveness of what lies in the back of one’s mind. In choosing what to deliberately obscure and reveal, her work questions what truth in memory really looks like.
Loren has been an artist-in-residence at Vermont Studio Center, and has exhibited nationally and throughout New England, most recently at The Magenta Suite in Exeter, NH. She currently lives in the New Hampshire seacoast and works at the University of New Hampshire.