February 2019

About the Fellow

Marnie Powers-Torrey received an MFA in photography from the University of Utah, and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program at the University of Utah, an Associate Librarian at the J. Willard Marriott Library, and is the Master Printer for Red Butte Press.

As a maker, Powers-Torrey places equal value on process and product. The aesthetic and concept of a piece are inherent to its mode of manufacture, materiality, and the space and time in which it’s made. Through her studio practice— the investigation of materials & methods— Powers-Torrey finds and creates meaning steered by the processes she chooses to employ. Through making, she discovers the artifact. Through the artifact, she communicates intention. Her concepts are driven by the everyday—both the routine and the extraordinary, experienced through the multiple modalities of the real and the virtual, the direct, and the mediated.  She has learned how critical it is to integrate making into her busy life, and for her, the assembly of materials and exploration of ideas is synonymous with living.

Header image: Marnie Powers-Torrey, Archive of Now