Marianne Simonin is a French artist who uses painting, photography and writing to explore female identity, symbolism and the dynamics of colours. She shifts between figurative and abstraction in order to explore at a deeper level the many possibilities and the subconscious language.
She did a two year Art foundation in Poitiers (1979) shortly before coming to live in London. However she considers herself autodidact by nature with an inquisitive mind, and it is by studying the work of artists and different art movements she related to that she learned the most. Lately she has been inspired by Japanese art, the Swiss artist Uwe Wittwer and the post impressionist Edouard Vuillard. Her source of references stem from her archive of vintage and personal photos, songs, poems, and meditative states. Her paintings have a psychological or spiritual presence depending on the theme.
She uses the human figure as a thread to revive deep felt emotions or memories of her childhood, nurturing her great interest in the human psyche.
She uses essentially oils for the flexibility of the medium, but also acrylics, charcoal and inks. She often ‘floods’ her painting on the floor, creating a momentum between chance and control, thus feeding the next stages of the work in progress. The titles she uses are part of the creative process and at times they initiate the work. Lately she has returned to drawing taking it to a different level of exploration (see the erasure series).
Another theme of interest that Marianne likes to explore is Tantric symbolism. She aims at representing kinetic energy in a more abstract and meditative way using primordial shapes. Her technique may involve at times incantation in a ritualistic approach while working on spiritual themes. Words then filter onto the canvas, as repetitive mantras, and merge as part of the composition. This reflects her natural passion for the act of writing by hand.
Marianne frequently travels by herself to find inspiration, spending many days in silence, observing, while moving from place to place. She currently works in her studio in North West London.
Further information on her C.V.
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