Hole in the Sky II
This painting explores a landscape abstracted by darkness. The colors of the artificial light interact with the celestial atmosphere in the sky to create an uncanny play between nature and the manmade. The artist lowers the tonal value of the scene, allowing middle tones to appear more vibrant. Viewers must navigate the void deliberately in order to make sense of the mystique of the night. The artist's scenes are based on lived experiences—frequently in Detroit and Hamtramck, where the artist works and lives—of seeing something beautiful during night walks, moments of elation experienced alone.
Marceline Mason's paintings are meditations on the urban landscape at night that reverse the role of the figure and the natural world. The artist depicts trees and foliage as figures set against a human world of light pollution and concrete. Mason's application of color creates limited, tonal depictions of nature cast in man-made light. The resulting compositions depict a fleeting symbiosis, where plant life and natural atmosphere exist alongside traces of human ephemera.
Marceline Mason’s paintings are meditations on the urban landscape at night drawn from the artist’s lived experience in Detroit. The artist uses limited and tonal colors to depict nature in man-made light, creating a fleeting symbiosis of plant life and human ephemera. Reversing the traditional trope of a subject shown in the natural world, Mason’s work depicts trees and foliage as figures set against a human world of light pollution and concrete.