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Carrie Marill
Murals by Carrie Marill at Palomino Library, Scottsdale - Cactus Wren - Library Mural

Cactus Wren - Library Mural

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After being commissioned to paint the mural for the library I wanted to pick a bird that was indicative of the area so I went for a walk in the mountains across the street from the library. I thought “the first bird that shows himself to me will be the bird meant for this mural” and sure enough not 10 feet down the trial a Cactus Wren squawks at me from a Saguaro! Cactus Wren’s are intelligent, intense, gregarious, inquisitive and loud birds (perfect for a high school/library!) They also have beautiful geometric and organic patterning on their feathers. Pulling from the patterning found on the Cactus Wren the mural image turns to mountain shaped triangles. The symbolism of the triangle is rich and varied – for this project I was drawn to the original Phoenicians symbolism of a triangle as a “tent door” or a gateway – much like a library can be to another world. The triangle is a symbol that embraces both male and female divinity and balance – from those triangles another patterned mountain distributes arrows to symbolize change, direction and meditation on ones next move in life.

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Carrie Marill

Meet the Creator

"Carrie Marill was born in San Francisco, CA 1976. She graduated from San Francisco State University in 2002 with a BA in Painting and received an MFA in Painting from Cornell University in 2004. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States in California, New York, Seattle, Miami, Dallas, and Arizona. Marill’s work has been published in New American Paintings, Wired Magazine, Southwest Art, The New Times, The Wall Street Journal, Modern Painters, LA Weekly and the LA Times. Her work is in the collection of Todd Oldham, Angela Missoni, Megan Mullally, Donna & Howard Stone, Disney, The Hallmark Collection and many other exciting collectors. In addition to continual exhibitions, Marill’s practice includes developing large-scale outdoor murals, and helping to run Combine Studios a residency program for international artists in downtown Phoenix."