Headlands Center for the Arts

Marshall Elliott

california | visual
Affiliate Program 2017—2018
Affiliate Program 2016—2017

Artist Statement

My practice has increasingly turned toward topics of extinction, absence, and what remains after displacement. Widening local political issues to include stories from the natural world, I think through issues of local disappearance to create works that provide an opportunity to mirror our situation, what can be gained, and how to look forward with some sincerity.

While At Headlands

I will be continuing my research project into the Franciscan Manzanita, because sometimes the best way to care about the world is to care about one small thing. I will look at the sea and think about beach trash, and what bird migration that has to do with consumer society. I will change one material into another in an alchemical quest to find what shape means. I will get on tangents, such as the online research I did while writing this paragraph into what caused the crew of the Mary Celeste to disappear in 1872. I will make wooden books, write short paragraphs, and listen to the buoy bells ring in the fog.

Profile image by Dustin Cantrell

Selected Works

Personal Website

http://www.marshallelliott.com