DARA MARK

Forest Breathing

APRIL 2021

Dara Mark
Copse
watercolor on layered Yupo paper with thread
41" x 58" x 2" framed
$ 9,200.

Dara Mark
Liquid Stack
watercolor on layered Yupo paper with thread
42" x 41" framed
$ 6,400.

Dara Mark
Light Weaving #2
watercolor on layered Yupo paper with thread
41" x 45.5" framed
$ 7,000.

Dara Mark
Rose/Heart/Flame #3
watercolor on layered Yupo paper with thread
24.5" x 37.5" x 2" framed
$ 2,700.

Dara Mark
Rose/Heart/Flame #7
watercolor on layered Yupo paper with thread
24" x 34.25" x 2" framed
$ 2,700.

Dara Mark
Etude #36
watercolor on layered Yupo paper with thread
15.5" x 16.75" framed
$ 2,200.

Dara Mark
Etude M
watercolor on layered Yupo paper with thread
15.5" x 17" framed
$ 2,200.

Dara Mark
Forest Breathing #4
watercolor on layered Yupo paper with thread
41" x 61" framed

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Dara Mark
Elegy #13 / Butterfly
watercolor on layered Yupo paper with thread
41" x 57" framed

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Dara Mark
Untitled 2020/1
watercolor on layered Yupo paper with thread
24.75" x 25.5" framed

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Dara Mark
Etude #28
watercolor on layered Yupo paper with thread
15.5" x 19.5" framed

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About the Exhibition

New Mexico artist Dara Mark’s work possesses an ordered, calm beauty that sets it apart. Her patterned, abstract paintings take advantage of the flowing effects produced by her materials…and recall the natural world, which, like her paintings, is a grand mixture of the ordered and the random.
— AMERICAN ARTIST WATERCOLOR MAGAZINE
 

Order and surprise motivate my work in equal measure. Once I have painted a grid of orderly repeated shapes on synthetic paper, the flow of paint settles according to its intrinsic properties. Each pigment I use has its own way of moving and settling, which is inherent but not predictable. When the paint dries, the paper is layered into a composition.

By allowing natural chaos into the work I am continually surprised by the result. The painting becomes a meditative collaboration between me and my materials. Often suggesting biology, geology or landscape, the paintings are named for Greek water nymphs, those gentle beings who embodied the healing powers of rivers and streams, or for local New Mexico landscape features, or for my daily practice of Taoist chi gong (energy work). My chi gong practice consists of a few specified postures followed by simply allowing the body to move, very much like my painting practice. It is effective at the physical, mental and spiritual levels.

One of my artist heroes, Agnes Martin, pointed out that 'all art is experienced emotionally.' I’m aiming for feelings that are subtle and life-affirming. I have learned from Martin’s work to simplify the art in order to quiet the mind. 
— DARA MARK