Lynne Marinelli Ghenov is a visual artist who primarily makes drawings and works on paper. Lynne has shown work in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina and Tennessee. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1975 and raised in southern New Jersey. She currently lives and works in Knoxville, TN where she co-founded and co-directed C for Courtside Gallery, an artist run curatorial space in north downtown Knoxville, from 2017-2020. Lynne is the Associate at Loghaven Artist Residency in Knoxville, TN. She graduated from Tyler School of Art receiving a BFA in sculpture in 1998. She also studied abroad at Temple University Rome in Italy in 1996.
My work mirrors the act of bricolage, though most of the elements mixed in are absorbed and translated through and in the process of drawing. An array of ephemera and objects that spur memory, generate a story, or conjure sentimentality, is vital to my drawing practice. Family business ledgers, old lined paper, children’s toys, found architectural drawings, and antique letters encompass the material choices that create the work’s substrate. The translation of objects takes shape via the act of rubbing, tracing, and observational drawing. The primary materials utilized in my drawings consist predominantly of graphite and colored pencils, pens, and watercolor. Conceptually the themes that embody my work draw heavily from memory, loss, and how to assemble the present through summoning the past. As mentioned earlier, this past, which often resides in the ephemera, forms space to allow for an intuit call and response between found articles and the triggered within the imaginary. The grid in a ledger paper, a tracing of a childhood toy, or a house key are factors that frequently ignite the operational characteristic of the work. Objects are an integral part of my internal logic, though, at times, they reside invisibly on the piece’s surface. A blend of tightly drawn geometric shapes and sometimes recognizable forms related to home, decor, decoration, pattern, and more emerges, interacts, and overlaps.