Mimic: Modern Marbled Objects

Mimic: Modern Marbled Objects
MCBA Main Gallery
On view August 9 – October 13, 2019

Closing Reception: Thursday, October 3; 6-8pm
Free and open to the public


Mimic examines the history and craft of marbling, from book arts origins to present day 3D sculpture, fine art, and other decorative objects. The tradition of marbling dates back to the 17th century in Japan, China, and Turkey. Today, the art of modern marbling involves floating paint on water mixed viscous with carrageenan, a seaweed extract; creating intricate patterns and unique designs using unusual, handmade tools; and then laying paper, fabric, wood, or other porous materials onto the surface of the bath, where the image is immediately and permanently transferred to the desired surface. Visiting masters of marbling Regina and Dan St. John will give an artist talk at the Mimic closing reception on October 3, and MCBA will host a series of master marbling workshops led by Regina and Dan this fall. Both Chena River Marblers based in Massachusetts, Regina and Dan specialize in book edge-marbling, miniature marbling, custom marbled papers, and teaching marbling workshops around the country. Connecting the local community to national masters of the form, MCBA’s marbled-themed exhibition and educational programs aim to engage, inspire, and focus attention on contemporary applications of this vibrant traditional craft.