For the past 13+ years, Moorhead artist Mike Marth has been exploring the boundaries of still-life imagery. A native of St. Paul, Minn., Marth moved to Fargo in 1996, when he accepted a faculty position at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. The following year, he became a lecturer at North Dakota StateUniversity, where he remained until 2002.
“I use the still life theme and subject matter as a vehicle for expressing my reactions and thoughts about day-to-day experiences,” Marth writes, “though sometimes I make work just to satisfy my love for gooey paint and wonderfully oxidized surfaces.” Marth’s creations have appeared in and won honors at numerous competitions and exhibitions. In 2000, he presented “A Decade of Still Life,” an exhibit spread out over six locations. It was Marth’s way of increasing community awareness of the various art spaces available in the area.