I come from generations of women that created beautiful things from a needle and cloth. I collided my art training with my family history and it was a eureka moment. You can see this in my works with either a hand or machine stitched component usually on an unexpected material like vinyl, canvas or paper.
They say create what you know. I find my journey through life as a woman one of my greatest curiosities. Through my work I am exploring what it means to be a woman or an aspect of the female persona and how the experiences are unique from men.
Marilyn is a native Okie. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor of Fine Arts she became a commercial artist working in the gift industry. In 2003 she co-founded The Girlie Show, an all female art festival that had a 10 year run in Oklahoma City that encouraged female creativity throughout the US. She then left her commercial art job and began a career as a visual artist in 2008. In 2009 Marilyn founded a branch of Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School, a cabaret life drawing class that she ran for 3 years in OKC. You can usually find Marilyn at her sewing machine with vinyl or paper under the foot pedal or with a needle in her hand sewing on canvas.