Sculpted animals are abundant in the shadow boxes that Boston-based artist Marsha Nouritza Odabashian creates. The deep frames, in which the animals pose or perform, provide protection. Yet shelter doesn’t exist for all animals. She says, “My work revolves around such dualities. I use both archival and impermanent materials to echo the strength and fragility experienced by animals in a world crafted by humans.”

Marsha studied at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, the University of New Orleans, the Art Students’ League in New York, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts in Boston, from which she received a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Her work has been exhibited in various galleries and museums, including Galatea Fine Arts in Boston, Gallery Z in Providence, Rhode Island, the Armenian Library and Museum of America Contemporary Art Gallery in Watertown, Massachusetts, the Bromfield Gallery in Boston, and the Village Quill in Tribeca.

Current and ongoing series include Palimpsests; Cordia Botanica; Parables; Watercolors: Paintboxes; and In the Shade of the Peacock. Her painting ‘Lessons From History’, from the Palimpsests series, was shown in the 1st Armenian Women’s Art Exhibition in New York City.

Her work has been reviewed in Art Slant, Artscope (‘Blasts’), The Providence Journal (‘Best Bets’), Art New England, The Boston Globe, and Armenian Art Magazine (published in Yerevan, Armenia). Two of her paintings from the In the Shade of the Peacock series, ‘Exile’ and ‘Habits of Civilization’, have been featured in Studio Visit magazine, vol. 5.

 

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