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"Diane Marsh & Eddie Dominguez: Parallel Perceptions of Land, Form, & the Natural Condition"
2005-05-31 until 2005-08-28
Museum of Nebraska Art
Kearney, NE, USA United States of America

Landscape, human tragedy, triumph, and form are all explored and successfully navigated in this exhibition from New Mexican-based artists Diane Marsh and Eddie Dominguez. The two-person show, aptly titled Parallel Perceptions of Land, Form, and the Natural Condition, is a first for this husband and wife and allows for viewers to contrast and compare how separate artists approach not only that which is around them – the serenity and vibrancy of nature, culture, and society, but also that which is within them – struggle, heartache, hope, and delight and how the two intertwine.

Diane Marsh’s paintings present forceful and eloquent imagery of conflict, contemplation, and resolution by depicting life-size and larger-than-life figures alongside scenes of our surrounding world. The artist’s hyper-realistic portraits are reminiscent of the paintings of Chuck Close but take a step further by specifically focusing on defining life moments and struggles. Juxtaposed with these male or female subjects are quiet and beautiful scenes of land, trees, the ocean, or space. The duality of figure and the environment brings not only a sense of connectedness and spirituality to our physical surroundings but also perspective to the emotional condition within the natural order of life.

Eddie Dominguez also juxtaposes the figure and land in his work primarily through the use of the ceramic medium but also by combining painting and sculpture. Most recent works include three-dimensional, almost life-size torsos covered by a series of relief carved leaves, vines, or other organically derived designs. Additionally, the artist recreates his native New Mexican landscape in works such as Diane’s Gems that is made up of over 300 “gemstones,” all separately handmade and multi-glazed. Although the artist is known for this dynamic, colorfully glazed, and celebratory imagery, the work has a great affinity to Marsh’s seemingly very different emotionally resonating paintings. Both artists’ work exemplifies a great contemplation of and response to nature and their (as well as our) relationship to it. Dominguez additionally infuses spirituality in his work by the use of religious iconography that is directly tied to his Hispanic heritage.

The work of both Marsh and Dominguez is all at once different and alike. Although media and styles diverge, their separate life experiences, dual opinions, and/or osmosis have both resulted in contemplative, joyful and reflective imagery of their and our lives and world.

In 1978, Diane Marsh received a Master of Fine Arts from State University of New York in Buffalo and prior to that, she received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Daemen College in Buffalo, New York. Marsh’s paintings are included in such collections as the Hess Collection Museum, Napa, California; the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Eddie Dominguez is an Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 1981, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio and went on to receive a Master of Fine Art from New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University in Alfred, New York. His work is included in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Cooper-Hewitt, New York City; Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio

Diane Marsh
Deep Into His Distance
48" x 96", 
oil on linen,
Collection: The Sheldon Memorial Art Museum, Lincoln, NE

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