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New Works by Marilyn Artus, Solo Exhibition


Her Flag: A Solo Exhibition

Of New Works by Marilyn Artus

Exhibiting: February 19th – March 28


Reception: March 10th 6:00-9:00 PM


We think of the flag as being a symbol to represent a nation or a group of people; but at times it has been so much more. When Marilyn Artus was a young adult, she visited the Smithsonian where she first laid eyes on a symbol as it reflected a moment in time. When she first took in the original Star Spangled Banner, torn, tattered and dingy with soot, she was overwhelmed by the deafening volume of anguish that had been captured in such an iconic symbol. A great many years would pass before she realized the pertinence of that experience.


Marilyn Artus was born in Norman, Oklahoma where she was surrounded by a tight knit family. The artist recalls, “My mother was an artist and very creative. I went to a private Catholic Girl’s High School in Tulsa, Monte Cassino, and had an incredible art teacher that changed my life. I knew at 17, I wanted to be a professional artist.” After graduating from college Artus worked in the gift industry designing products for manufacturers. Extending herself beyond the realm of commercial arts, in 2003 she cofounded the Girlie Show; an annual exhibit which focused on female artists and lasted for ten years.


Artus opened her full-time fine arts career with her “Our Lady of the Anti-Personnel Weapon” show in 2010. The exhibit married religious iconography with sociopolitical contexts in a manner that attracted a national conversation as stories about her controversial works were picked up by domestic and international media stations such as FOX News and Univision. It was in that initial exhibit that Marilyn would realize the power that art can have in attracting audiences to create dialogue and she was humbled by it. In the years that followed “Our Lady,” Marilyn continued to successfully produce works which were founded in her use of reclaimed or repurposed material used to create assemblages which were shored up by themes of iconography and feminine social movements.


In late 2015 Artus began studies for the series which she would eventually name, “Her Flag.” The artist notes of her obsession with iconography that, “The Virgin Mary, Mud Flap Girl, the Universal Woman, and now the Flag. They bring their own baggage and I can layer mine on top.” Using the iconic Stars and Stripes as a baseline for composition the artist hand-stitches tickets, photos, memorabilia, and otherwise individually kitsch items together to create a symbol; which through its components define the oeuvre of a moment. In the same capacity that allowed a tattered banner to define something more than a nation for Francis Scott Key, Marilyn’s newest series of works act to much the same effect. In the trademark style of the artist each moment is juxtaposed by anecdotes which are intended to create questions, thought, and the dialogue that keeps us moving forward as a whole.



On February 19th Kasum Contemporary Fine Art will open a solo exhibition of new works from Marilyn Artus’s Her Flag Series; which will be open to the public through March 28th. The gallery will host a public reception, with the artist in attendance, on Friday, March 10th from 6:00-9:00 PM. The exhibit and associated events are free and open to the public. The gallery features exhibit receptions, lectures, demonstrations, pop-up exhibits, interactive installations, special performance events and seasonal patron events. The establishment is open Monday and Tuesday by appointment, Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30am – 7:30pm and Sunday from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Kasum Contemporary Fine Art is located at 1706 NW 16th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73106 and can be reached by calling 405.604.6602.

New Works by Marilyn Artus, Solo Exhibition

Feb 18 – Mar 28, 2017