More than meets the eye: ‘Marietta Patricia Leis: Sense Memories’

Marietta Patricia Leis, installation view, in foreground: AIR, 18 aluminium mounted archival inkjet prints, painted wall; Shayla Blatchford Photography

Minimalist art is often talked about in terms of its materiality and observable attributes such as color, shape, and surface treatment. But to tease deeper meanings or make allusions to things that lie outside of the work itself — to suggest, without the need for explicit references — is a hallmark of the work in Sense Memories.

That title captures the essence of the Center for Contemporary Art exhibition, which marks the reopening of its gallery program. That’s not to say the work can’t be talked about in terms of materiality, form, and spatial relationships, but it reaches for something more.

Ostensibly, that “something more” stems from the experience of the works’ creator, Marietta Patricia Leis, whose art is inspired by her experiences in the world, whether that’s through her travels or her numerous international artist residencies. But the indeterminate nature of that experience, from the viewer’s point of view, is less autobiographical than it is an invitation to step inside the work.

More than meets the eye: ‘Marietta Patricia Leis: Sense Memories’

Marietta Patricia Leis, The Silent Road, acrylic/Tyvek/wood rod (2019). Photo by Stefan Jennings Batista, courtesy of the artist.

More than meets the eye: ‘Marietta Patricia Leis: Sense Memories’

Marietta Patricia Leis, Evanescents #1-5, photographs, archival inkjet prints on silk chiffon; Shayla Blatchford Photography

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