Knoxville, TN | Mixed Media, Printmaking, Drawing
Lynne Marinelli Ghenov was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in southern New Jersey. She graduated from Tyler School of Art receiving a BFA in sculpture in 1998. She studied in Rome, Italy in 1996. She currently lives and works in Knoxville, TN.
For years Ghenov's focus had been primarily on site-specific installation and sculpture, interested in the materiality of light, fabric, found domestic stationery and immersing the viewer in recreated templates of her own memory. For the past 8 years, she has transferred those same concepts into collage and drawings on paper. Ghenov spent 2010-2015 living and working in the house she grew up in, which she left at the age of 17. During that time the house and her studio within passed through assorted incarnations, all of which hold specific memories ultimately and osmotically concocting new experiences, obfuscating recollections, drawing a melange of old and new; felt and unexplained. She fashioned a repurposed printmaking practice via the usage of a xerox printer as a tool of choice. The printer has not only dually become an object of a live and work experience, it has grown iconic in her practice.
After a transformative move to Knoxville, TN in 2015 and the death of her mother in 2016 Lynne has primarily focused on drawing using graphite and colored pencil on ledger, graph and lined paper, all of which have been salvaged from the clean-out of her childhood home.
I am interested in the infinite possibilities of site specificity of space aligned with the finiteness of a lined or grid structure. For years I worked three dimensionally in specific locations almost as if I were drawing in the space, allocating forms and material throughout. The gridded constitution of the ledger and lined paper in the most recent work are akin to that of an actual interior space, however here, through graphite and colored pencil I have been able to recreate the given framework and the allocation of objects and forms two dimensionally.
The paper here comes from material I uncovered while cleaning out my childhood home after my mother’s death. The vivid childhood memories of my parents home office held numerous supplies from my mom’s business and father being a CPA. The relic is the site wherein I compose an amalgam of forms and objects, a site as an implement in which to invent things.
Within the paper and its history I enter the page bringing my collection of memorable images, objects and tools creating a poem within. I depend on the structure to abide, creating an autonomous emergence developed from the synergy existing between the invariable line and the hand. Through the infinite possibilities of the grid I am working congruously within a set of "rules" that are inherent. The lines of the ledger/graph or lined paper become a starting place, and a partner to the images I bring to it, playing off one another.