As a young girl, Marilyn Walter was blessed to travel the world with her family while growing up in Kuwait and Iran. This rich history of multiple languages and cultures sparks the creative “language play” she brings to her work. She received her BA from Fairleigh Dickinson and a teaching degree from Bank Street College of Education Parsons School of Design. She has participated in the School of Visual Arts (NYC) Summer Residency Programs in Painting & Mixed Media and Printmaking & Book Arts.
Marilyn participated in two Makor Artist Network Sessions, NYC. This led to Social Engagement projects for HomeBase IV & V, the work Wish List for a Shelter was mentioned in The New York Times. Her work has been exhibited in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Chicago, Los Angeles and Florida. Installation works at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, FATVILLAGE PROJECTS, ART SYNERGY Art Palm Beach and 2018 CONTINIUM Art Palm Beach. Artist collaborations include Film/Sculpture “Celestial Babies” with the Hacklab and Cheryl Maeder for SCOPE Art Fair, Miami. She was also a recipient of the 2017 Creative Capital Professional Development Program awarded by the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs.
Marilyn is an interdisciplinary artist and educator currently living in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the Artist in Resident at the Hacklab based in Boynton Beach, FL. Given her playful and inquisitive nature, her works encompass a wide range of materials when exploring relationships, conversations, and cultures.
The innate need of self-disclosure is human nature. It’s part of our social life, how we connect to one another sharing our desires, beliefs, and prejudices. The seduction of social media reveals so much information about us on the Internet creating a 24/7 audience for sharing. We are sharing personal details about ourselves online; the language we use, our personalities, our interests and our relationships.
As an artist, my mixed method practices are both different yet complimentary. My art is about conversation, telling a story, collaborating, embracing connections, participating, and reciprocating. My multi-disciplinary practice includes interactive sculpture/installation works that use text and mixed media portraits on canvas, wood panel and paper. I explore how we connect to one another sharing personal details about ourselves online via the language we use, our personalities, our interests and our relationships. Creating art is not only about embracing passion, it is about people and process. The reason for collaborating with the public or other artists is my way of growing the reach of my art, building relationships, learning new skills.
I am driven to experiment and reinvent how I express myself artistically by using diverse media to create paintings, drawings, and installations. Much of my mixed media portrait work focuses on the interaction in the world of women and children of all ages that I have met face to face. Increasingly, I am meeting my subjects through social media. The internet and social media venues are enabling me to tap into a vast array of personal images anytime, without ever meeting the subjects in person. Today’s digital technology is providing a new inspiration to create and produce new forms of work.
I also draw on interactive installation work to probe how social media technologies shape our lives, relationships, and communication. Day-to-day “conversations” have little to do with face-to-face encounters. Personal human interaction is being replaced with text messages and social media posts. A key part of my art involves creating work that invite others to engage, participate and respond. This offers an opportunity to connect, collaborate, interact, and contribute to the artwork. This has caused the process of creative experimentation and expression to evolve.