Marney is often told her art is melancholy, and when you look at her work, you can see why. Her choice of muted, neutral colours that live within the blue, green and grey spectrums, paired with her tendency to use mainly inks create a touching body of work. The word ethereal comes to mind, Or simply dreamy. Yep, dreamy.
As a young artist she is currently finding her feet in the industry whilst completing a degree in art at university. Here’s what she has to say about her art…
What inspires your choice of colour and form?
I have often been told my art is very melancholy, which is reflected in my use of colour (or therefore lack of). Only recently have I branched out and begun to dabble with colour and new mediums, but a sense of sadness still remains in my work. I think my use of colour and form is inspired by the people around me. As an artist, you tend to observe human behaviour and feelings, and it’s my goal to capture this in my work.
Do your pieces have a story behind them?
My work does not tend to have a story behind it, but more a feeling or a message. Often I try to portray an idea about society or human nature, consistently I find myself attempting to convey strong themes of feminism in my work, for example. However, my work is rarely planned. I’ve found that building up a composition, themes and an artist message as your work progresses is not only challenging, but also concludes with much more interesting work. I’m all about spontaneity.
Why have you chosen to focus on the human form in your artwork?
Humans are incredibly interesting. My focus on the human form in my work is often unintentional, but having also been so interested and amazed by the human form and human natures, it is not surprising. The emotions, behaviour, and the interactions have much more depth than a landscape would, and I attempt to capture that.
What materials do you use? Are you experimental or faithful to a particular medium?
I am very faithful to pen and ink – it has always been a favourite of mine and it is consistent in a majority of my work. That being said, since beginning my professional training I have been urged to experiment with new mediums. Currently, acrylic paint is something I have been experimenting with – generally I have always maintained that I didn’t have the patience to use paint, but it hasn’t been a negative experience.
Do you use any technical software for your work?
It’s rare for me to use anything but traditional materials. Personally, I don’t like to use technical software in my work because I have always felt technology represents a kind of barrier between people, and that is the last thing I want my art to do.
Are there any atists who you look up to, or whose work you particularly admire?
I admire Frida Kahlo for her integrity as an artist, as well as the strong feminist and emotional themes present in her work. Recently, I was able to attend an exhibition of hers and what I distinctly remember is the strong reaction all of her work inspired. As an artist, all you want is to evoke a strong emotional reaction to the viewer, and this kind of honesty is so rare and beautiful. She represents the kind of artist that I would want to be.
Thank you, Marney!
To look at more of Marney’s work, click here.