China Marks was born and educated in Kansas City, MO, earning a BFA in Sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute. A Fulbright-Hayes fellowship took her Katmandu, Nepal, where she spent sixteen months constructing a major installation out of local materials. On her return to the United States, she was awarded a graduate fellowship by the Danforth Foundation. In 1976, having received an MFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis, China moved east to make art. She has received numerous grants and awards, including three fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Mid-Atlantic Arts fellowship, two George Sugarman Foundation grants, two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, most recently in 2011, when she was also named a Gregory Millard Fellow, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2013. Since 1999 China Marks has lived and worked in Long Island City, a block and a half from the East River. Her work is shown in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe.
I draw with an industrial zig-zag sewing machine, a computerized embroidery machine, and CAD software, using thread and fabric to construct little dramas of contemporary life. My drawings are not planned in advance, but take shape over the weeks of doing and undoing required to make them. They function to surprise and delight and to make jaws drop, as entertainment or magic.
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