For several years Marjorie Weiss has been working on a series
of paintings that began with a drawing of a dog, his back
to the viewer, pensively looking across the water. This image,
Black Dog in Chestertown came to her from a favorite postcard,
and since then "Chestertown", along with "Mr.
and Mrs. Logan", "Wally" and "Joe"
have all become familiar names found in the titles of her
paintings. In each painting, Marjorie uses images that are
both detached and engaging at the same time. Each canvas is
intended to be a curious and intriguing story that evokes
feelings of mystery and enigma. Searching for an uneasy juxtaposition,
the dark, silhouetted images adrift in the bold, brightly
colored landscapes allow cryptic and enigmatic messages to
emerge. A story begins to evolve, but is never completely
core of her work there is a tenuous familiarity and an almost
nostalgic lure, while inviting, leaves many questions unanswered.