Artist Interview: Marli LaGrone on evolving inspirations and endeavors

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What direction is your work currently heading in? / Where do you want it to go?
My work is moving in many different directions and I’m honestly not entirely sure what they all are. I am interested in capturing fleeting moments and emotions that are often too obscure to articulate so I seek to express them in visual forms. Thus far I’ve been using printmaking, collage, and painting to represent this topic as a whole, however I am finding each medium is gravitating towards different sub-genres within the general topic.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Make everything you do the best thing you’ve ever done.” I received this advice from Nate Padavick, founder of They Draw and Cook,, who came into one of my classes sophomore year as a guest speaker. This was the best advice I’ve ever received because it taught me to look at everything as a potential masterpiece. For art classes, guidelines for assignments became platforms of inspiration rather than boundaries, and for individual experiments I was more inspired to see them through to their fullest completion, as they each really did become the best thing I’ve ever done. Ultimately, this advice taught me to work hard at every piece, to persevere through discouragement, and to allow the artwork to become as great as its original conception.

What do you dislike about your work? Can you improve on it?
I dislike that my work isn’t extremely cohesive when viewed all together. However I think the more work I make the more it will all come together.

Is there a technique or medium that you haven’t tried but want to?
I’ve never had the chance to try oil painting and I wonder if or how that would change my painting style. Also I’ve always wanted to learn to weld! I have no idea what I would make but I really want to try it.

What are your plans for after graduation?
After graduation I’m planning to spend the summer in Bar Harbor, Maine before moving to London, England. Both destinations include good friends, fun, art, and adventure. I’m looking forward to the effects on my life and my creative practice.

See more about Marli here. And be sure to check out her work in Elemental Connections: MCLA’s Senior Art Show!

Opening reception Thursday April 24th from 5pm to 7pm. Elemental Connections runs through May 25th  at MCLA Gallery 51, open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Gallery at 413-664-8718, or go to


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