“This body of work centres around the emotional life and the internal workings of the female experience, as I know it to be. The complexities of being highly involved in wounds, at the same time aware of a higher state of awareness that relieves those hurts. Its a very personal exploration which has been a largely intuitive journey, producing work that involves a high level of vulnerability. As artists we expose ourselves whenever we create, but to say openly, ‘This work is about my internal world, my failings and my realisations’, opens me even further. As a parallel to this statement is my methodology which is also full of risk and trust. I render my figures lifelike, painstaking work which requires all of my skill and concentration. Only to be followed by a highly intuitive stage involving bold decisions, holding my breath, risking the work gone before, and a lot of paint! This work is me- openly, lovingly and honestly presented to you for you to take what you like from it. Ultimately, I hope you find connection or understanding, or some kind of recognition that we are all, fundamentally, the same.”
Much love, Meredith
Name: Meredith Marsone
College: Mediarts in Hamilton, New Zealand
How would you define yourself as an artist?
Im a figurative painter exploring the juxtaposition between realism and abstraction.
Why art? How did you get involved with art?
Its my mode of communication. It alway has been from a young age.
What art do you most identify with?
Paintings primarily, that represent the human condition. I want to connect with work on a personal level.
What does “being creative” mean to you?
Expressing something unique to you.
What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative?
Just start! Wherever you are, with whatever you have. Your practice will grow but you must start!
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
I am wanting to create connection. Between me as the maker and my audience, between the subject and the viewer, or even just a sense of connecting with something beyond themselves.
What do you see as the strengths of your pieces, visually or conceptually?
I am able to render people realistically which means people are able to relax and recognise what they’re looking at. Its then possible with this initial engagement to challenge the viewer with the style of abstract environment, creating more of an emotional response. My hope is, this makes my work engaging and makes the viewer look longer. In our digital, scrolling age, that is no easy task.
What themes do you pursue?
Human connection, love, loss, psychology and the mind, and evolution.
What inspires you to work?
I just have an inner drive to create and I want to get better and better at it. It keeps me coming back to the studio day after day.
Color: French blue
Book: Fiction- anything by Margaret Atwood, non-fiction- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Movie: I ? Huckebys
Can we talk a bit about your process at the beginning of a project? How do you conceive of it? How do you build it in your mind before you start?
Im usually quite contemplative at the start of a project. I take time to think about whats important to me and what I want to say in my work. This can be a tortuous time- Im a recovering perfectionist so Im always searching for the perfect way to represent what I want to say. I usually choose one thing thats personal to me and decide to pursue how to communicate that in a visual language. I allow it to evolve naturally from there by drawing and painting every day. I draw inspiration from other artists and the world around me if I get stuck. And I do get stuck!
What Role does the artist have in society?
We have many roles- we’re historians, record keepers of society, we hold people accountable, we’re challengers, peace keepers and fighters. We rough things up and smooth them down again. We share hope and love, angst, desperation and all things human.
Do you suffer for your art?
In a way I think I suffer for life more than art. Art is my escape and release. But yes, at times it torments me.
What do you think about the art community and market?
I just make paintings, thats my job. They’ll either be celebrated and purchased or they won’t, but that doesn’t have anything to do with what or why I create so i try and stay out of trying to figure out the ‘market’. The art community is something I see as quite different. They are the other art makers and supporters and they’re important to have to talk shop and share ideas and inspiration.
What famous artists have influenced you, and how?
Klimt is an artist Ive always admired and spent quite some time studying. Lucian Freud also had some influence in encouraging me to pursue painting the figure.
What other interests do you have outside of art?
I like lifting weights and Crossfit. My family are really important to me of course and I love spending time with them. And I like to read, watch movies and docos, like most people!
You seem to be very aware of the history of works. Where do you see films, photo exhibitions, art perfomances today?
How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art?
Im not sure i can even make my mind imagine such a life.
Colours: All of them
Describe your style: “Define yourself”… Searching, growing, loving and creative.
Define your art: Female, figurative, abstract and oil paint.
Art Fairs: Venice Biennale
Museums: Portrait Gallery London
Cities: Venice, LA, Melbourne
Artists: Too many to list
Who are the artist’s you admire the most?
Living – Jeremy Lipking, Soey Milk, Jenny Saville, Sean Cheetham and about 1000 more! Legends- Klimt, Waterhouse, Freud, Shiele, Singer-Sargent
What are your next projects?
Im finishing several group show pieces and then Ill be launching into preparations for my 2018 solo show- venue to be announced!