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. 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.
I am interested in the infinite possibilities of elements, signs, and forms aligned within an existing structure’s finiteness. The gridded constitution of the ledger and lined paper and the grounded presence of a permanent image from the pages of a book are akin to that of an actual interior space. For years I worked three-dimensionally in specific locations, almost as if I were drawing in the area, designating forms and material throughout. However, through graphite, colored pencil, marker, and pen, I have recreated the given framework and the allocation of objects and patterns two-dimensionally.
The primary use of “second hand” or “castoff” paper started when I uncovered old tax documents boxes while cleaning out my childhood home. Happening soon after my mother’s death and during an intense time of mourning, my parents’ home office offered vivid childhood memories. It held numerous supplies from my mom’s business and my father’s accounting work. Within the paper and its history, I enter the page bringing my collection of memorable images, objects, and tools, creating a poem of stories, pictures, games, and meanings within. I depend on the structure to abide, making an autonomous emergence developed from the synergy existing between the invariable line and the hand. The relic is the site wherein I compose a mingling of forms and things, a place as an implement to invent things and play.