Eastman’s work emerges from a pictorial study of images derived from fashion magazines, decorative objects and depictions of popular figures – which become intertwined with personal narratives. Her paintings, often in a small and intimate format, contain loose brushstrokes and often seem to be executed in an intentionally rough manner, which looks to defocus the image and strip back the initial delicate allure. Through this, and as Eastman says, she breaks and questions the heavy heritage which fell onto her shoulders in the moment she decided to paint.
Mari Eastman (1970, lives and works in Chicago) holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where she is now a member of the Painting and Drawing Department. Eastman’s work has been exhibited at The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), The MoCA (Los Angeles), The Orange Country Museum of Art (Newport Beach), The Berkeley Museum of Art, Monte Clark Gallery (Vancouver), Cherry and Martin Gallery (Los Angeles), The Green Gallery (Milawaukee, USA), Galleri Nicolai Wallner (Copenhagen), Sprüth Magers Projekte (Munich), Sies + Höke (Dusseldorf), Victoria Miro (London), Colette (Paris) or Barbara Gladstone Gallery (New York), amongst others.