CHAMPAIGN — Champaign artist Kim Kissinger Marino will start work on a mural on Wednesday at the Indi Go Artist Co-Op, 9 E. University Ave., C. The work will end with an exhibition of it as well as of her recent work.
At Indi Go, she will create a 3-by-12-foot mural. People are invited to stop by between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sept. 27 to watch her — or to follow her progress via her blog at http://languageoftheline.blogspot.com.
The exhibition will open with a reception at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 and remain on view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28-29.
Marino's unique, whimsical mixed-media paintings explore interpersonal relationships and the simplification of visual communication. Her practice is devoted to a study of the line and the ways in which the most simple of marks can communicate in moving and comical ways. Her technique involves the application on canvas of three-dimensional glue drawings as well as oil paint, resulting in raised textures and graphic images.
For many years, Marino worked as a freelance graphic designer and as a computer animator. In 2010, she committed herself to her art practice and two years later completed a large project titled "150 Paintings: A Community Project: Interactive Mural."
In 2012, Marino was one of 24 Illinois artists selected to attend a professional development workshop sponsored by Creative Capital of New York City and the Chicago Artist Coalition. That same year, she was awarded a 30-day artist's residency at The Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria.
Her work has been shown in one-person and group exhibitions in various cities, among them New York, Chicago, Rochester, N.Y., Paducah, Ky., and Albuquerque, N.M.
Marino also has taught art classes for elementary-age students and curated two exhibits of her students' work and assisted with the University of Illinois School of Art + Design on its area High School Art Exhibit. She also lectures home school groups on topics such as animal symbolism in medieval art, Leonardo da Vinci and Islamic art and geometric design.
Marino received a bachelor's degree in art and design from Brescia College in Owensboro, Ky., and did graduate studies in fiber art at Southern Illinois University. For more, visit her website at http://www.kimkissingermarino.com.