||Margo Herr focused on forms that were personal metaphors
for change and the inner spiritual journey. This website traces the development of
her symbolic imagery from early road paintings past standing stones which disintegrate
into melon slices which transform into boats. Although her paintings derive from
these objects, her work was always a balance of pure abstraction and identifiable
subject matter. She didn't feel she had to choose.
Poised between these two ideas she expressed the mystery of forms that inspired her
through the intensity of her painting technique. By repeatedly applying, scraping,
and layering paint, gold leaf, metallic oils, and varnishes, Margo Herr released
the mysterious inner energy of images, ever seemingly as unchanging as stones. Her
study of Carl Gustav Jung led to a fascination with symbolism and iconography that
culminated in the depiction of Egyptian sailing vessels that carried the soul from
life to death.
This website also features examples from Margo Herr's long career as a graphic designer.
Her use of watercolor, collage, and typography in her book jacket designs led to
the continual reappearance of these same techniques in her paintings and drawings,
epitomized by the joyful exploration of transformations in nature in her flower series.
Margo said, "Nature is the source of everything I desire to make. At its best
it is the thing itself (a flower, stone, road, or landscape) made by me - imbued
with the extra feelings that I cannot place in the world in any other way."
Kate Missett & Tommy Miller