Marli LaGrone is a multimedia artist from Saratoga Springs, NY. She has always identified as being a creator, using art and craft from a young age to make sense of herself and the world around her. Growing up she was seen as shy or introverted, which was true to some extent, however LaGrone attributes her lack of interaction with others to her imagination, as engaging with others simply interrupted the thoughts and stories in her head. She preferred to keep to herself while trying to make sense of the world inside her head as well as the one outside. Creating became a necessary outlet for LaGrone to understand and experiment with her thoughts and inspirations from both worlds.
Her earliest memories involve scribbling or cutting things out. At age eight she began taking night classes for jewelry making despite being the youngest person there by several decades. By her early teens she had resolved that making art was a way of life rather than a hobby. Thus she began her ascent into becoming an artist by prioritizing art and design courses throughout her high school education. In 2010 she entered the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA to further her education in Visual Art as well as Arts Management.
Currently, LaGrone works mostly in collage, relief printmaking, and acrylic painting, but occasionally reaches for colored pencils, her first love, or book arts if she feels the content calls for it. Her work has been in several local group shows including exhibitions at PRESS: LetterPRESS as a Public Art Project in North Adams, MA as well as the Berkshire Art Association Fellowship Exhibition in Pittsfield, MA. LaGrone will graduate from MCLA in May 2014 with a BA in Art and plans to continue to make art as a way of life, a means to make sense of her imagination and reality, and inviting others to interpret her work for themselves.