Picturing beauty and decay
LA artist Louise Marler’s fine-art photography and ecologically minded merch hint at the essence of California culture.
She unites nature and industry. Primarily a photographer, Marler demonstrates an affection for sun-saturated palettes and subject matter — from antique typewriters to LA vistas — that finds affinities between idyllic objects, both natural and manufactured.
Her work puts fossil fuel in the past. Marler’s timely Oil Is History series presents a lush, haunting collection of photographs documenting a now-destroyed “auto graveyard” in Missouri, where an army of ’50s Chevys were slowly buried beneath the foliage.
She’s an activist as well as an artist. These photographs speak directly to the urgency of the artist’s active environmentalism. She thinks green both inside and outside her studio, organizing regular events in support of sustainable practices.