About the Artist
Since the 1970's, Marcia Hafif has been committed to process-oriented monochrome painting, working in a range of hues on serialized colored canvases that continue the medium-specific advances made by such forbearers as Robert Rauchenberg, Alexander Rodchenko, and Robert Ryman. Based in Southern California, Hafif seeked to highlight the essential qualities of both paint and color, favoring an approach that is more exploratory and deconstructive than reductionist. Hafif contended that she was not breeding sameness but similarity, as she attempted to answer questions through repetition. The artist mixed her own oil paints, which are less consistent than commercial versions and enabled her to create subtle gradients and tensions among hues. Although she is best known for her monochromes, a steady observational style also permeates her photographs, videos, and text-based work.