Marsha Kazarinov-Owett's photography originated from her fascination with peripheral vision and space – glimpses of movement and light and reflected environments that often go unnoticed at first glance. Inspired by Action Painting – which uses intuitive movement to capture subconscious thought – she looks to nature’s gestures for images which border on the other-worldly.
Kazarinov-Owett begins by taking thousands of images, often urban environments reflected in water, clouds in the sky, waves in the sand, leaves and flowers shifting in the wind. Because she believes that while the human eye is constantly changing focus in order to see three dimensions, the camera is able to capture forms which move faster than the eye can see. In these random and chance occurrences, the unpredictable movement alters the viewer’s perception of the physical and psychological world.
Kazarinov-Owett weaves these fragments together through an exhaustive editing process, transitioning the photograph from lens, to screen, to physical space. She arrays and rearranges, combines and discards thousands of 4" x 6" prints on the walls of her studio to create a deeper narrative. In these new forms, she finds themes and rhythms which tend to escape the casual glances of daily life.