Marianne Hall was raised in the shadow of the auto industry in Detroit, Michigan. Recognized early in life for her talent and interest in the arts, she went on to earn her BFA degree in Fibers from Wayne State University. There she was influenced by the grittiness of Detroit’s Cass Corridor artists, along with Henry Ford, who once said: “You can have any color, as long as it’s black”.
Her travels have taken her across the world where she fell in love with the handmade papers of Japan and Korea, and to places where she was introduced to the indigenous cultures of Africa, Australia, and North America.
The use of natural materials along with vintage paper are the foundation of her current work. She uses Sumi and acrylic ink along with ink she brews from walnuts that fall from a tree, not far from her home. She often stitches with a vintage sewing machine, a reminder of her immigrant grandparents who were a tailor and fashion designer.
After living in Toronto for several years, in 2011, drawn by climate and culture, Marianne relocated to New Mexico. She maintains a studio in Albuquerque.
In 2019 she was selected for SURFACE: Emerging Artists of New Mexico at the Harwood Art Center. Her work was recently shown at the Arts Thrive Benefit for the Albuquerque Museum, in Albuquerque, New Mexico and at the Farmington Museum in Farmington, New Mexico.