Marian Ochoa is an interdisciplinary artist and activist working in Baltimore, Maryland. An avid photographer and observer of light and life from a young age, Ochoa honed her photographic skills in the color darkroom and in the digital lab. Struck by the emotional and dramatic possibilities of light she consistently captured, she devoted herself to a path of inquiry and creation grounded in both scientific research and studio experiments. Ochoa continues to pursue visual and experiential ideas commonly utilizing instruments like filters, curtains, screens, LEDs, projectors and lenses to create her compositions, whether the final outcome is print, video, sound or otherwise. Some current work approaches a new realm of experience; images are unstable, their colors wild. Layers of material become bands of color and hyper smooth or matte surfaces invite the viewer to peer closer while the surface absorbs or reflects color or light to varying degrees. A lifelong activist, Ochoa involves herself in many collectives and community volunteer endeavors. Her associations in Baltimore include the Baltimore Free Farm, an urban agriculture collective aimed at promoting community building and sustainable living. Recently, Ochoa won the Launch Artists in Baltimore, or “LAB” Award, for her proposed collaboration with the Baltimore Free Farm. Together the group has purchased badly needed sound equipment and begun renovations of the Farm’s community space.
Ochoa is from Galveston Texas and earned an MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013 and a BFA in Photography and Digital Media from the University of Houston in 2010.