Marjorie Hellman

Marjorie Hellman

Marjorie’s work is based on responses to what she observes in the world that surrounds her. While reminiscent of digital output, Marjorie does not leverage a computer for her compositions, but creates the illusion of overlapping shapes and colors to make work that joins the history of progressive geometric abstraction.

Departing from grid-based compositions of the previous several years, Marjorie’s new work, dating from 2017, reflects her having moved to a live/work space located in a once-thriving historic industrial area where its architectural remnants engulf her in shafts of light, shadow and a multitude of overlapping diagonals. She continues to contemplate how the interface between historical influences and the impact of technology, digitization, and scientific discoveries affects the making and perceiving of art.

Marjorie first came to Rhode Island in 1967 to begin her freshman year at RISD. After spending her senior year in Italy on the European Honors Program, she graduated with a BFA in Painting, followed by study in the graduate Painting Program at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Having received an MFA from Syracuse University, she remained in upstate New York for 26 years, teaching studio art on the college level, and exhibiting throughout the Northeast. The next 12 years were spent in Asheville, NC and south Florida, and she moved back to Providence in 2012.

Here are a few examples of her work.