the time project
Marnie Sinclair

Nature has always inspired my art. I find her perfect balance, color combinations, textures and designs, especially intriguing, motivating me to try a wide variety of artistic expressions to speak to her grandeur.

Four years ago I joined the Time Project, a group of gifted artists from the Boston area. We decided to work experimentally and make one piece of art a week for 52 weeks. We would meet monthly to share our motivations and discuss our work. Now in our 4th year the safe environment that we have created is still going strong, making it fun and doable to continue creating art that is often beyond our comfort zones.

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2013 Continuing on with the idea of working experimentally, I decided to leave the rather depressing subject of climate change and try and figure out how to make kinetic (wind driven,) sculpture. I decided to use copper tubing and sheet metal to make the sculptures. Although I am a ways off from solving the aerodynamics of the very complicated balancing act, I'm happy to say that I have found two men, a very creative sculptor and a rocket scientist who are graciously helping me solve the many variables necessary to make my pieces actually work. Also this year, in order to give my hands a break, I have taken to making 3D paper sculptures that are inspired by fallen wood in the forest or driftwood from the beach. My interest in this form of art is to try and find the perfect balance of the negative and positive in each piece of sculpture.
  forest find first kinetic auror

Space was a big concern for me during the first year of the Time Project as I knew when I was done I would have 52 sculptures. Most of them were smallish and hung to conserve space. During the third year we settled on doing just one piece a month which meant I could increase their size, as there would be only 12. I followed the continued theme of our non-sustainable way of living as it impacts all other species on this planet, and expanded the materials I used to make the larger sculptures.

santo's folly monarch acidification
2011 At the end of the first year I had about 40 pieces of sculpture that spoke specifically to the complex subject of climate change. My sense of urgency about the state of the planet, coupled with the relentless barrage of naysayers that were given the same weight of importance by our press, as the 97% of all climate scientists worldwide who said climate change was real, lead me to make the video, Nature's Spin Through Art. I used my sculptures to illustrate the very straight forward story of climate change as told by three authorities in the field, Bill McKibben, founder of, George Woodwell, founder of the Woods Hole Research Center, and Jerry Sullivan, a physicist from NOAA. Working with these three men was a privilege and honor for which I am deeply grateful.
  CO2 see the film, "Nature's Spin Through Art"  
2010 I was working for an environmental group, doing a weekly online publication that spoke to the environmental concerns of the day, with special emphasis on climate change. When I joined the Time Project group and it's committed to doing one piece of art a week for 52 weeks, it seemed like a natural progression to coordinate work with the weekly news. I decided to make abstract sculpture, using drift wood, colored electric wire, and theater gels, to accompany the scientific or political descriptions that motivated the work. Most of the subjects that I followed were about climate change.
  adaptation Halliburton loophole earth nest
Marnie Sinclair, from Damariscotta, ME, is a process artist who works in many different mediums. Sculpture is her preferred choice and she is currently working in copper trying to solve the many variables of kinetic sculpture. She recently moved from Martha's Vineyard, MA where she was a videographer who did many videos about water issues on the island. She is an environmental activist who's art work often reflects her concerns about climate change and how we are living in a non-sustainable way that impacts all life on the planet. Her three dimensional and two dimensional work has been shown extensively in the Boston area, as well as on the Vineyard. She recently opened her own gallery, The Sinclair Gallery, at her home on the Bristol road in Damariscotta.
Marnie Sinclair . 172 Bristol rd, Damariscotta ME 04543 . 508-667-6475 . .