Today we’d like to introduce you to Marsha Glickman.
Marsha, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always loved art and, as a child, dreamed of becoming an artist. I also love biology, psychology, and structure, so I became a clinician and IT professional. A sense of creativity plays in these professions, but creating fine art was always in the back of my mind.
In 2005, I was thrilled to be in a juried exhibit sponsored by The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake; it was an exhibition of works made of or incorporating found objects or recycled materials. It was a wonderful experience that I’ll never forget!
Soon after, my technical profession led me to a consulting position and I was traveling every week. Fortunately, a friend of mine introduced me to Winter Street Studios in 2011 and I was able to get a studio there.
I love creating a new structure for found ephemera, incorporating a historical event or a concept that resonates with the viewer in a work of fine art. I have collected many old books, papers, and other old ephemera, dating back to the early 1900s, I use only original papers and objects in my work; never copies. I also do commissions for people who want to preserve personal or family memorabilia as an artistic piece.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Balancing my creative art business with my IT profession has been challenging, but it’s doable. Having a plan and focusing on the outcomes is critical.
I enjoy collaborating with other artists from the studio space or professional art organizations, as I believe it takes a village to be successful.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Marsha Glickman – what should we know?
My art is very different from most other artists, as I don’t paint beautiful portraits or pictures.
I’m proud that I don’t make copies of ephemera to create art; I use only original, mostly vintage ephemera, to create fine art. This limits what I can produce, but also makes the piece special.
When a book part is used in a piece, it’s gone; not available to be used elsewhere.
Because every work of fine art I create is different based on what I have on hand to create it, studio visitors sometimes ask if I am the artist of all the works in my studio. I do plan to work on several new series, such as “Connections”, where colorful dots “connect” to the concept of the bland ephemera underneath, and a group of mixed media using found wood.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I love my fellow artists at Sawyer Yards and we support each other through collaborations and shows. Most of them are formally-trained artists and are my go-to for questions regarding artistic techniques, ideas, and feedback. My friends and family have also been very supportive, alerting me to new venues to show my art and to new ideas.
- Address: 2101 Winter Street, Studio #A-8
Houston, Texas 77007
- Website: marshaglickman.com
- Phone: 832.567.0336
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @foundephemera
- Facebook: Marsha G.