Keith + Kari

September 15–December 6, 2020

Kari Marboe, a contemporary ceramic artist living and working in the Bay Area, creates site-specific work in response to the 19th century California landscape painter, William Keith. Kari explores how form, materials, and aesthetics can record a site's meaning and representation of truth. Through interviews and visits, Kari contemplates three Bay Area sites: Lagunitas, Stinson Beach, and Mount Tamalpais and how these locations, previously pursed, sketched, and painted by William Keith in the 1870s-1910s, appear over 100 years later. Kari reimagines Keith's interpretations of these physical and topographical terrains through molding materials of clay, soil, and earth. Her fourth location, the moon, redirects the focus from the physical site to an aesthetic mood, exploring a universally gazed upon subject in a nocturnal setting and light. Keith + Kari, on view from September 9 through December 13, 2020, uncovers and builds forth a physical layer of earth and representation, adding an exploratory dimension to the rhetoric and observations of the California landscape and how "truth of place" can shift yet remain the same. 

This exhibition is curated by the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art Director, Lauren MacDonald. 







About the Artist:

Kari Marboe is a Bay Area artist and Assistant Professor at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA. She holds an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley and a BFA from California College of the Arts. Marboe’s research-based, ceramic works have been presented at the Mills College Art Museum, CA, Greenwich House Pottery, NY, 500 Capp Street/Southern Exposure, CA, the Museum of Craft and Design, CA, Wave Pool Gallery, OH, the Museum of Northern California Art, CA, Jacksonville University, FL, and the Waffle Shop Billboard, PA.