Themes central to Marina Black' work are mortality & anguish, beauty & abjectness of the human body, identity & memory. Most of her work may be categorized as ‘portraits’ but rather than representing an actual person, they represent a state of mind. She is interested in the emotional truth in people’s lives: what their existence like underneath the surface?
Black’s photography is about experimentation and the physical process of reworking the surface. She works in analogue, digital and camera-less technologies and likes the tactile qualities of prints, and dealing with fragments, that often take her to a new place.
Marina originally studied History, then art has become her primary preoccupation. Black received W. Lawrence Heisey Graduate Award from York University for outstanding achievement in creative & scholarly work, as well as a number of Ontario Arts Council grants. She was a featured exhibitor of the FOTOFEST International photography festival in Houston, US, and the CONTACT International Photography Festival in Toronto, Canada. Her work has been published in The Best Of LensCulture Vol. 3; Eyemazing Susan Vol.II; FOSSILS OF LIGHT + TIME; and BURN.01. Black’s work has been shown in solo & group exhibitions worldwide and is included in the public collection of Heritage Municipal Museum of Malaga, Spain; in Alliance Francaise in Canada; in IZOLYATSIA non-governmental arts foundation, Ukraine.