To create my images, I use transparent inks on multiple sheets of clear mylar to make layered paintings. These paintings are then placed directly onto photographic paper in the darkroom and exposed to light and function as to-scale negatives. Light shines through the transparent inks and reacts with the photo paper underneath. The landscapes are made using paper masks or full size digital negatives made from scanned drawings. This process is a further development of my practice of translating drawings and paintings into photographic form.
Vanessa Marsh was born Seattle, Washington, in 1978. She earned her BA from Western Washington University in 2001 followed by her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2004. Marsh has exhibited across the United States, including at the SFO Museum; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; New Museum of Los Gatos; Richard L. Nelson Gallery at UC Davis; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art; Julie Nester Gallery in Park City, UT; Foley Gallery, New York; and the Camera Club of New York. In late 2015, she completed a permanent installation of photographs through the SF Arts Commission at SFO, Terminal 3 East. She has been awarded fellowships at the Headlands Center for the Arts (2004), the MacDowell Colony (2007), and Kala Art Institute (2011), and was an artist in residence at San Francisco’s Rayko Photo Center in 2014. Marsh lives and works in Oakland, CA.