"My art-making process involves examining the wonders and heartbreaks of my own life and childhood, however I’ve realized that my personal history stretches back much further than 1994. If we think of my DNA as my story, I have been written and rewritten over thousands of years, and all that information has finally culminated into me, here, right now. I am incredibly lucky because unlike any other generation, I can visually engage with long-gone versions of my loved ones (and myself) through pictures and videotapes. Now, at twenty-two, I can listen to my Uncle Shawnie’s voice and see the way he held me as a child. He died a few days before the Twin Towers went down.
"We exist in this constant and perpetual state of flux, unraveling into an inevitable, impending doom. I don’t mean to sound negative - perhaps after doom comes paradise! -I just understand death as factual. For some slice of solace, I grip to artistic mediums that have the capacity to hold small moments in high regard. Through text and imagery, I transform my dissolving memories into relics while simultaneously creating my own inconspicuous truths. These are stories in limbo. They emerge from my past, my present, my future, and from the bottom of my grave."
Marissa Iamartino (b.1994) is a New England-based photographer, writer, and painter. In 2016, she earned a BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and was a recipient of the Abelardo Morell Thesis Prize. Her work has been exhibited at Flash Forward Festival Boston and the Griffin Museum of Photography, as well as featured in online publications such as The Latent Image and Nope Fun Magazine. Marissa currently works as a Pediatric Hospital Artist for a Connecticut based non- profit.