The Fourth Wall

Marlene Angeja

Painting as process, with its inherent flaws and failures, is central to Marlene Angeja's work. She builds her abstract paintings through layering, destruction, and construction. I find it interesting how graffiti on walls is often covered over with white paint. This act of covering over is an attempt to negate what is underneath, but it fails at that and instead results in a hybrid mark. I’m interested in this hybrid mark. Often, in my own attempt to cover something in a painting, I stumble across its solution and, as a result, its content. Finding this requires patience. It is a slow process of waiting for the painting to clarify its meaning. Angeja completed her MFA at California College of the Arts in 1990, where she received the Barclay Simpson Award. She has shown at the Centro do Mar Whaling Museum in Horta, Faial, Azores, the Centro Cultural in Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores, Amy Simon Fine Art in Westport, CN, the Euphrat Museum in Cupertino, CA, Porter Troupe Gallery in San Diego, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, Walter & Mcbean Gallery, and Southern Exposure in San Francisco. Her work is in the collection of the Capelinhos museum in Faial, Azores, Portugal as well as private collections. She recently retired after nineteen years of teaching in the Department of Art and Art History at San Jose State University. Angeja lives and works in Oakland, California.