MARINOFF’S INNER NATURE
Excerpt from essay by art critic: Robert C. Morgan, referring to Marinoff’s “Environmental” series of paintings
Elaine Marinoff is an intuitive painter. Her references are both external (nature) and internal (metaphysical). One might speak of her paintings as a dialectical search of an equivocation between what she perceives as happening in nature and the balance she attempts to strike within herself as an artist, as someone capable of transforming what she sees into a cataclysmic sense of reality. Yet this cataclysm also has a certain harmonious aspect, a redemptive side.
Her paintings are visibly dark. The light is hidden, sheltered from view. One may look for crevices, and openings.
There is a certain tension on the surfaces of her paintings that is more spatial than formal. This distinction is a necessary one in order to come to terms with Marinoff’s working method. Marinoff states that she is interested in “the delicate balance of our complex ecosystem at this time in history.”
Robert C. Morgan, an internationally respected art historian and critic, lives in New York City.