Artist Statement

Painting is how I contemplate life. I am deeply involved in the process of making art for, at the core, my deep reverence for creating provides the meaning behind all of my work.

This reverence extends out of the space I occupy on Canada’s West Coast, which has an enormous influence on my art. Perched on the edge of the vast Pacific, smothered in dense rainforest and surrounded by row upon row of Coastal mountains, my local environment offers inspiration for my paintings. In this wild space, I rebel against ideas of order and exactitude, and I let go of preconceived ideas and just react to what happens on the canvas.

With this reflective approach, I frequently discover feminine themes. The gestures and mark-making in my work convey energy and emotion, linking to the beauty, chaos, and wildly female qualities of nature. I strive for handmade gestures, celebrate imperfection, and push past the boundaries of outdated social codes that equate femininity with neatness and prettiness. Painting is an act of liberation and I allow the process to ultimately create the meaning behind my work.

Marlene


 

Photo by Lindyn Williams