Marianne Evans-Lombe is an artist. She creates body drawings. With her hand, she makes marks on paper, canvas, acetate, clay, and other materials. With her body, she gives movement to line, shape, words, and images. Her performances are grounded in mark making and her marks are grounded in movement.
Many of Marianne’s pieces tell stories that often go untold. In Colorline, eight artists of color and eight white artists replicated Tulsa, Oklahoma’s color line, leaving traces in the street and on the heart. Origin of Painting tells the story of Dibutade, a Greek maiden, who in tracing a shadow, created the first painting. Please Mind is her response to her son’s diagnosis of schizophrenia. She has also created performances in the context of community. Communities participate in the development, creation and performance, blending two actions: the preservation of cultural memory, and the shaping of a story to reflect a community’s perceptions and active participation.
Marianne also publishes (with Mia Wright) Sisterspeak, an award-winning zine. She is currently creating books. She has two projects in progress: F* you, babies, a mother’s book; and This wolf, a story in poems about impossible love.
Marianne has a BFA and an MA in Visual Art from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. She has taught university classes in both art and women’s studies. She is the former Creative Director of the Little Room, a space for the arts in downtown Pittsburg, and former Chair of the Performance Committee at Living Arts of Tulsa. Marianne performed Origin of Painting at Festival Ojo al Sancocho in Bogota – Colombia, La Otra Historia in Medellin – Colombia and Festival Bugarte in Buga – Colombia. She currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.