Artist Carrie Marill's Studio Combines Consciousness and Community

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Photo by Thania Betancourt
The unflashy vibrancy and careful interior detailing of Carrie Marill's studio on Third and Garfield streets matches her calm and thoughtful demeanor.

With an overflowing bookshelf, a gold mine of paints, and an underused kitchen (there's a reason there's a paper cutter on the stove she explains), Marill's productive workspace proves to be the nest for her creations to take flight.

In October, Marill and her husband/fellow artist, Matthew Moore, purchased an 11-unit building, remodeled it, and transitioned the commercial space into Combine Studios.

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Thania Betancourt
The couple each uses part as a space to make his/her own artwork and rents the other parts to ASU's artist residency program where artists from across the world can temporarily live and create work centered around their travels and experiences in the Valley community. The first residents include Clare Patey (England), Matteo Rubbi (Italy) and Miguel Palma (Portugal).

"It's important for an artist to have space to go and work where they are uninterrupted, and they have the time they need to focus and be alone and make work," Marill explains. Though she primarily considers herself a painter, her media also includes drawing, sculpture and mural, which you can see on the corner of Roosevelt and 2nd St. and at Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale.

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Thania Betancourt
During a typical day in the studio, Marill works for about four hours before needing a break so she can see her progress with fresh eyes. Often she'll bring in Shackleton, her three-year-old Portuguese water dog, to keep her company and remind her to take a breather and go for a walk in the neighborhood with him.

Marill's colorful works pop against the nude tables and neutral walls in the naturally well-lit space. In a cozy corner near the window are her cushioned chair and muted sapphire blue bookshelf so she can research while she works. Though Marill's subject matter will change in bodies of work, pattern is the central pivot she uses to express her thoughts on environmental or social issues.


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