Marion Wilson

At the core of my art practice I look at what it means to be human; and I attach humans to one another across diverse backgrounds of class, ethnicity, and life circumstance through simple gestures of art. I build collaborations with people experiencing homelessness, real-estate developers, botanists, grocers, highest level government officials and students; and often through the lens of ecology, where my attention has been drawn to the study of stress-tolerant and overlooked plant species that live in microenvironments — and in particular, moss. My collaboration with botanists has drawn my attention to moss, which functions as an environmental bio-indicator: mosses are the earliest form of plant life; they thrive in unlikely habitats and are ubiquitous, though largely invisible, even in the densest urban centers. They survive on as little as dew; and are able to dry out, die, and then resurrect with water. My study of moss is about looking closely and paying attention to what is small and omnipresent and overlooked, while drawing parallels to the most fundamental aspects of human presence.

My experience being raised both as the daughter of a state senator in New York City in the 1960s, and as an Episcopalian; informs both my aesthetics and my impulse to be active on urban streets.

Last updated: Dec 11, 2017