When people first view Marlene’s work, She’s often told they feel a “certain aliveness” inherent in the work itself. Her goal as an artist is to inject life into whatever she can make. In simple terms to make the piece come alive.
Each piece is hand cast from molten glass in a spectacular process of heat and light. The energy of this “Dangerous Dance of Creation” reflects in the finished work.
Transcendent and Transparent
In the end, the work has a quality of timelessness reflecting both ancient and modern. They celebrate the unique properties of glass, of transparency, and shine and reflection. And because these are cast objects, they hold in their form the memory of the shapes and textures of the materials that formed them;
they are fine-grained, rugged or smooth, transparent or translucent, colored or clear.
When she casts the sculptures Marlene include in them relics of modern life, interesting objects that have been cast away, industrial waste items that seem to unite present and past. In the end, the completed piece transcends the sensibility of mere time.
Art, The Eternal Flame
The glass immortalizes a glimpse of something fleeting beyond the moment, taking that moment and freezing it over.
She call these pieces Evocators. They are kept moments, shards of what Marlene has seen, unnamed emotions, visions, concepts, memories. They call back; and they are the vehicle on which a viewers vision can ride away.
The glass is there only to see through.