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Marissa Textor - Mini Interview

Written by Trippe   
Monday, 07 May 2012 14:58

Marissa Textor and Ryan Travis Christian are currently showing together at Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto. Gerald interviews the LA based Marissa Textor. Check out her detailed graphite drawings.

Who are you and what do you?

I was born and breed in Southern California and I spend most of my time now making graphite drawings. I also work with my friend Naheed Simjee on a range of really exciting projects with artists through our company SIMJEE TEXTOR.

Exploding Mouse / Collaboration with Ryan Travis Christian / 18" x 24" / graphite on paper

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Los Angeles, 25, UCLA, marissatextor.com, simjeetextor.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

I would describe my work as hyperrealistic graphite drawing. The theme of the work varies but I often include elements like smoke, filtered light, negative space, water and rocks to create organic uncommon images of natural environments.

Useless Struggle / 46" x 35.75" / graphite on paper

Describe your process for creating new work.

The initial stages involve some tinkering in photoshop to make adjustments and to get a sense for what the finished product will look like. It is a lot easier to erase clouds or add more trees when you are working on a computer than to hand draw it. Deciding on the scale of the work is an important part of the process and I'm slowly creeping towards making larger and larger work although I also enjoy the intimate scale of the smaller works.

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

I'm a night person so I'm usually the most productive between 10pm and 2am but if I'm working on a show I'm drawing all day every day and I become a bit obsessive about it. Music, podcasts, Netflix or something is always playing since the work can become monotonous and this part of the process does not involve a lot of decision making. Sometimes I get a song stuck in my head and play it on repeat until I finish the piece so I'll end up listening to the same song a couple hundred times in a row. That military torture technique would never work on me.

Smoking Ledge / 20" x 14" / graphite on paper


Storytelling and strong narratives, chain emails of crazy photos from around the world and the internet. I'm interested in the general pursuit of discovery. The amount of information out there these days can be overwhelming but it is fascinating how one subject can lead to another and in turn, how they relate to each other.

What are you really excited about right now?

Summer! It's my favorite season and my birthday is in August. I'm planning on taking a couple camping trips in the coming months and lots of sailing is also on the agenda. I have a little sunfish right now but I'm looking to upgrade.

Unsettled Unknown / 30" x 22.5" / graphite on paper

Wet Sun / 10" x 8" / graphite on paper

What do you love most about where you live?

Southern California has the awesome trifecta of beach, mountains, and desert all within a few hours drive of each other. I've always been pretty active and need to spend a certain amount of time outdoors to stay sane so I've taken advantage of all of these different environments. I don't do very well in consistently cold weather so LA's temperate climate suits me very well too.

Upcoming show / projects?

My joint show with Ryan Travis Christian, "It Ain't Conceptual," runs through May 20th at Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto. I also have a couple group shows this summer.

Mt. Helena Forest Fire / 10" x 8" / graphite on paper

Explosion / Size Unknown / graphite on paper

Bruce / 11" x 14" / graphite on paper

Black Panther / 22.5" x 30.25" / graphite on paper

Any last words?

Thanks! and wear sunscreen!

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