Margi Grill has worked as a visual artist for more than 10 years, exhibiting with a diverse group of galleries and venues. She has received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Art History from the University of Minnesota.
Artist Statement: My practice as a painter begins with my immediate and intimate surroundings. The source material for my work is often taken within walking distance of my residence, a part of the city that is both industrial and that contains large open spaces. I am drawn to landscapes where human-made spaces overlap with areas permitted to grow wild. I am interested in how those boundaries have shifted through generations and continue to change. The landscapes I depict take shape through layers of color built up over layers of observational drawing. With this process, a painting will waver several times between precise realism and gestural abstraction. I paint with diluted washes of water-soluble oils, which take on the translucency of watercolors. Letting the paint evaporate and absorb becomes a time intensive process, inspiring me to reflect on how the work relates to larger environmental issues.