|The Art of the Book
Sixth Annual Exhibition of Handmade Books,
Altered Books and Book Related Works
more work by Marla Brill
Marla Brill is a native Chicagoan who has spent her adult life divided between the Midwest and the San Francisco Bay Area. Upon graduating from the University of Illinois-Chicago, she moved to Los Angeles and actively began to create art programs for Pasadena Parks and Recreation and respectively, for Adult Education Art classes in the Bay Area.
After the birth of their son in 1984, the studio beckoned and so began Brill’s initial exploration with handmade paper. Her studies included classes at SF State and CCAC. Her current work incorporates an array of mixed media and repurposed objects. Brills’ work reflects a strong textile sensibility with exquisite attention to detail. Her work has been shown nationally and included in numerous private and corporate collections.
Brill currently resides in Mill Valley, CA.
Marla Brill reshapes small 'pieces of place’ into new work. These objects are mementos of her past, reconstructed and reworked to produce new objects, holding memory and hope. In a wider context, the jacket conceptualizes warmth, comfort and protection and has become the antidote to personal experiences that have shaken her core.
In “Linden Lost”, she tries to understand and make peace with an elegant, historic home that housed her family for 20 years…only to see it bulldozed to make way for the ever growing ‘McMansions’.