The Gallery: Carrie Marill’s Big Small Town

Carrie Marill’s intricate drawings of flora and fauna have been featured on Apartment Therapy before, but the artist’s newest body of work veers in a different direction. Her 2008 series of paintings, A Big Small Town, looks at Phoenix, Arizona through the lens of folk art painting…

We love the way the series combines modernism and Americana through a study of print and pattern. Born in San Francisco and educated in California and New York, Marill currently lives in Goodyear, Arizona.

Modern Interior (detail), acrylic on linen, 2008, 20″ X 24″ Log Cabin Sun, acrylic on linen, 2008, 20″ X 24″ Untitled 2, acrylic on linen, 2008, 12″ X 12″ and Untitled 3, acrylic on linen, 2008, 12″ X 12″ Sunburst, acrylic on linen, 2008, 20″ X 20″ Sunburst (detail), acrylic on linen, 2008, 20″ X 20″

Here’s how Marill describes the series: “Depicted in ‘A Big Small Town’ are the strongest impressions of Phoenix by a non-native, thru a folk art aesthetic. That aesthetic might be best described by Holger Cahill in American Folk Art, “A varied art, influenced from diverse sources often frankly derivative, often fresh and original and at its best, an honest and straight forward expression of the spirit of a people.”” For more information, visit Carrie Marill’s website.

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