Calming and exciting

By GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2013

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PAST AND PRESENT Washington's 'The Monster.'

Swooning, vampirish, waif-thin ladies and gentlemen wander about romantic, haunted manors and dark moors in Berkeley artist Marci Washington’s gothic gouache and watercolor paintings. “All of my paintings are an exploration of our current social climate told through forms and tropes from the past,” she explains via e-mail.

As AS220’s June artist in residence, she’ll give a talk about her art on June 26 at 6 pm at the nonprofit’s 115 Empire St. building.

“I’m working on a story set in an old castle on an island, only accessible at low tide,” she writes. “Within the castle a sort of spell has descended upon the inhabitants that renders them sleepwalkers — a sort of living death. So far at AS220 I’m working on the part of the story where two women have escaped the tomb and fled into the woods wearing shrouds. I think they might turn their backs on the rest of the world and live in a hut made of sticks or driftwood from which they may try to break the spell. But we’ll see how it goes.”

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