Marx creates beautiful vignettes that speak to the cycle of life. Combining pen and ink with various mixed media, her paintings offer a raw depiction of birth and death. Influenced by scientific illustrations and the Baroque period, Marx presents these cyclical phenomena in visually appealing ways, often fusing the chaotic elements of nature into stylized compositions with an emphasis on design. Longtime fans will find similar themes from past works but on a larger scale imbued with complexity. A clear demarcation from her old works but an in-between stage for her promising future works, styles, and concepts.
Regarding her new body of work Chimera (Greek mythology meaning “a fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail”), Marx shares, “I’m combining my previous themes and concepts of fauna representations of emotions, personal mental health, family, and self in an effort to begin creating a mythological world, centered around North American flora and fauna, to better expresses my image of who I am, how I am perceived, my struggles with mental health, and to explore self-healing.”
Says Marx, “In my 2016 show, Flesh Blood Bone, I used fawns as a symbol for both myself and my sister and the use of whitetail fawns in this series is a call-back to those artworks, with the speckled fawn being a representation of my more natural chaotic self. Many of the other animals depicted in my ‘chimeras’ were previously illustrated in a series where they were haloed ‘saints’ used as symbolic stand-ins for various strong emotional states. I combined these ideas in the Chimera body of work to create a variety of self-portraits that, with their different bodies and heads, have the ability to interact with their world in different ways. Much like how our current mental states can alter how we interact with our world in our daily lives.
In these art pieces, I reference scientific illustration and religious symbolism, which are common themes in my past artworks. In a few pieces, I set about challenging myself with scale and complexity to see where I might want to take my art in the future. I see this series of pieces as an in-between stage between my old and future works, styles, and concepts.”