Memory is comprised of the known and unknown, the tactile and hidden, the truth and the reality. I am fascinated with how we remember, what we forget, and what we repress, and the triggers that bring it to the surface. I create work from memory, which pans across the emotional paradigm, involving such sentiments as loneliness, isolation, anger, betrayal, loss, elation, confusion and anxiety. We all suffer from distortions of this experience, but these moments – however fleeting or miniscule at the exact moment of experience — are relevant to our lives.
Marlene Lillian Hawthrone was born in Annapolis, Maryland and grew up between Colorado and the Washington DC area. She obtained her BS in Psychology from Howard University and MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), located in Atlanta, GA.
Her photojournalistic style was honed as photographer and junior editor at the Hilltop newspaper in Washington, DC. She was also the primary photographer for the National Council of La Raza, where she documented its work towards civil rights and advocacy for Latinos in the United States.
Marlene’s photography has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibits for luxury watch brand Audemars Piguet, SCAD’s annual DeFINE Art exhibition, K2 Modern Art, the International Black DocuFest, at the Hammonds House and High Museums, the 12 12 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia and in alternative spaces in Atlanta. Additionally, she has curated exhibitions featuring over 100 photographic artists from Savannah College of Art and Design for Atlanta Celebrates Photography, a citywide annual festival in Georgia commemorating the role of photography in contemporary society. Most recently, she served as photographer for the Society for Photographic Education (SPE), documenting their 2011 Southeastern Conference. She is currently represented by Arnika Dawkins Gallery in Atlanta, GA.
In addition to photography, Marlene is also a writer and poet who has shared her work with the public throughout the Washington, DC area. Her poetry work has been published in Drumvoices Revue and featured in the international exhibition Anacostia Exposed Photographic and Literary Exposé, in Belfast, Ireland.
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