I work primarily as an abstract oil painter, a slow and deliberate
process, and as a printmaker making monotypes, a spontaneous and
surprising activity. In both cases, I am making "something out of
nothing" and in the process I learn about my inner world. When the
necessity arrives, I work in collage and mixed media, where I
reconfigure objects and images that already exist, have their own power
and associations, and make a new statement with them.
In the studio, I become absorbed in the interaction of colors and the
physical feel and look of paint. As I apply color, make strokes,
clarify areas, an internalized landscape surfaces and I work with that,
going back and forth between the immediate physicality of the process
and the tumbling archives of my personal place-memory. I bring out the
world of the subconscious; it is at once a world I am making and one I
am revisiting. The challenge is to get thinking out of the way so that
the intuitive creative process can move on and make its discoveries.
Originally from Seattle, I moved to San Francisco in my twenties. Though
I studied art at the University of Washington and numerous schools since
then, it's clear that the greatest teacher is uncharted time working
alone in the studio, analyzing what I make, reflecting, going back to
work. Primarily an abstract oil painter and printmaker focused on color
interactions, I also work in collage and assemblage. I am energized by
color, texture, paint, and what they make me see and feel.
My studio is at the decommissioned Hunters Point Shipyard. This plain,
rough, quiet industrial area has long supported my process. There I can
focus, sink in to that level of consciousness just below the daily
surface, where making art takes me to the past, the future, and allows
me to find my story.
Marc Ellen Hamel
tel: (415) 643-7814
web site: http://www.marcellenhamel.net