Digitize This, by Marlene Mayman
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This is a small sampling of work I've done:


Satire (pastel painting). Spacer.

Satire (Satyr)

Pastel on acid-free Paper Board
Collection of Andrew and Kristin Looney

Jack Nicholson (pastel painting).

Jack Nicholson

Pastel on acid-free Paper Board
Anonymous collector, Annapolis, MD.

Fear (pastel painting).


Pastel on acid-free Paper Board
Collection of Greg and Emily Frock



Anatomy Sculpture

These two photos were taken during a 5-day class on sculpting the head, working from the inside out. I was unable to attend the last day (to finish the piece), but was quite pleased with my first efforts at sculpting.

bone structure


muscle and cartilage

Sculpture at skull stage.
Sculpture with muscles, cartilage, etc.

Seahorse Effigy

I received an art grant to make a burnable installation piece for 2008's fall Playa del Fuego. The photos below are from conception to realization to burn. The seahorse alone was 10' tall and made of driftwood gathered along the Potomac. It sat on a burn stack 5' high.

An armature was constructed first (support structure for a sculpture). Using sketches I'd done of a seahorse as guidance, my assistant and I proceeded to cover the armature and fill out the seahorse over two evenings, taking a total of about 7 hours to essentially "finish" the piece for transportation. We spent another day putting on finishing touches (like the "spines" along the back and head, fireworks, etc.). At the same time we laid out a bunch of natural materials (pine cones, interesting roadside brush, seed pods, weeds, string, paper, markers, wire) and put up a sign saying "Build Your Own Effigy!" Folks did, and we ended up with 40-50 little effigies, most of which were put in the belly of the beast.

Before the seahorse was burned there was a fire performance. We lit the seahorse with flaming staves and it took roughly a half hour to finally fall. You can see the first two minutes, thirty seconds of the burn.

Seahorse sketch from the side.Seahorse armature design.Armature built.
Armature half covered with driftwood.I put the finishing touches on the seahorse's tail.Seahorse effigy standing.
Fire performers spin fire around the effigy.The effigy burns while fire guardians look on.The searhorse burns.

Forest Fungus

A year before the seahorse, I built these two giant 8' mushrooms with the help of an art grant I received from Playa del Fuego, (fall 2007). Matrials included plywood, wood, pvc, fabric, el-wire and various types of fasteners. The whole project took less than a month (the time I was given), and the actual cutting / painting / building phase only a week and a half.

Initial design concept:

Forest Fungus design.

The sculptures were interactive in two ways: a) they included benches which many people used while eating, socializing or watching activities going on nearby and b) I wrote "What are you growing in your life?" on the stems and left markers, which people used to write on the fabric scraps stuffed in holes on the stems.


By day:

Forest Fungus Day.

By night:

Forest Fungus Night.