About the Exhibition
Marian Roth moved to Provincetown in 1982 to fulfill a dream of living and making art in a community of creative people. She has never thought of leaving. Well-known in the world of photography for her innovative camera obscura work, Marian has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pollock Krasner Fellowship, a fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and was honored with a lifetime award for artistic excellence by PAAM. Most recently she installed a walk-in camera obscura during an exhibition of her work at the Griffen Museum of Photography. She currently exhibits in Provincetown with AMP Gallery.
Spanning more than 20 years of Marian Roth’s groundbreaking work, On Bended Light explores themes as specific as life on Cape Cod and as universal as the search for home and self. However, there is only one primary subject that has captured and inspired Roth’s imagination consistently – time. Where more traditional photographic artists might strive to document “a moment in time,” Roth captures time itself. Through her work, we experience the gravitational weight and internal waiting that defines time; the absences left when death or illness rips time away or apart; and the illusory memories and impressions that remain when time has passed.
Roth has said she works to present “what the eye cannot see,” and this poetic, at times elegiac, quality to her work is balanced and challenged by the insistent materiality of nearly all her pieces. Through collaged color positives, hand-coated emulsion negatives, lithographed figures, digital prints of the creative process itself, or rough layerings of paint, we can always see Roth at work. Whether from her Provincetown studio or inside one of the experimental cameras she has built and inhabited, Roth’s work, ultimately, shows the artist engaged in the most heroic of efforts: to bend light, to slow time and to exist a bit longer.