April 07, 2017
The Landscape Vernacular series is an ongoing body of work I began in the spring of 2011 that explores landscape, terminology and imagery. Culling from a small collection of dictionaries dating from the early 1800s to the present, these collages juxtapose definitions with period ephemera to explore ideas and attitudes about land and land use, while also addressing the history of landscape painting, American identity, and contemporary ecological issues. The austere look of the series emanates from self-imposed limitations with materials and a process to incorporate them: end pages, book engravings and maps, digital technology and puzzle piece collage. While I have an extensive library of paper books for making my collages, I also cull online archives for images and texts that can support the needs of any given work. Regarding digital technology, I am strict about not morphing, inventing or embellishing textual or visual information in the Landscape Vernacular collage series, but I sometimes edit and resize my found materials.
September 30, 2014
In 1967, after five years at Time-Life Books and Fortune magazine, he established his design studio, Marcus Ratliff, Inc. Until he closed his New York office in 2007 Marcus Ratliff and his staff worked exclusively with galleries, museums and publishers producing ads, announcements, posters, catalogues, brochures and books. Since 2002 Marcus has lived and worked in his studio in Norwich. (Big Town Gallery)
"Too Late" 2013 is the cover of Issue 10 of the Saranac Review.
September 30, 2014
“I can’t remember exactly what prompted my fascination with border fencing. I suppose it was years of immigration stories from friends, family, coworkers, and the media. Their tales of challenge, relief and tragedy have found shelter in my heart and mind where I consider the possibilities in life—the lines we cross inside and outside of ourselves. Today, as the horrific narrative of two young immigrants unfolds in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings and Congress debates immigration reform, it is a fitting time to revisit the structures that divide us.