My mission is to explore the relationship between what we see around us and what we experience internally. My work is about translating perceptual states into visual language. I am particularly interested in creating atmospheres that awake our sense of wholeness. I use blurring effects and expansive fields of colors as well as dynamic strokes to evoke energy, light and interconnectivity. I draw my inspiration from the many landscapes I encounter, from the windswept coast of Brittany, where I spent my childhood, to the radiant vistas of California, where I now live. My intention is to encourage the observer to ponder what he or she is looking at and invite to dive into the image as if diving within oneself. I like to think that an abstract landscape can become a familiar “Place” to a viewer: Shifting from an external point of view of looking at a landscape to enter a more intimate space, in which you experience emotions and sensations. The colors, strokes, shapes become a language that can resonate deeper than words. The water and the Ocean are a recurrent element of inspiration for my work: it has always been very familiar to me and the characteristics and symbolic of water are ideal to illustrate the language of the soul. My process involves drawing with charcoals, painting with a range of media (watercolor, acrylic and oil paint), and taking digital photography. While painting, I navigate between pouring, dripping, veiling and glazing techniques. Throughout my life I have been strongly influenced by painters with an interest in light, atmosphere and energy, such as J.M.W Turner, Mark Rothko, G. Richter and P. Doig. With my Art, I aim to spark a connection between our inner lives and the outside world to create further awareness of our nature. Marine Strage
Marine Strage is a French Artist living and working in Marin, California since 2013. Born in Brittany, France, she enjoyed drawing and painting at a young age as well as learning from her mother ’s talents in sewing clothes for Christian Dior. At 18 y.o she moved to Paris to pursue her studies in Communication at the Sorbonne University. After a successful career in Advertising agencies in Paris and London she decided to enroll in Fine Arts studies. She attended Heatherley’s School of Art and Central Saint Martin university for her MA. She worked in her Notting Hill Studio and after giving birth to her two daughters, she represented French artists in her Pop Up gallery between 2008 and 2010. In 2012 after traveling the world for 6 months, Marine Strage settled in the Bay early 2013. The beauty of the California landscapes became a source of inspiration. She uses her Charcoal drawing and watercolor to study light, darkness and color. Marine Strage is interested in translating emotional states into a visual language. She integrates her meditation practice into her studio practice. Her abstract paintings and photographic prints engage the viewer in colorful atmospheric landscapes that use colors to create movement and offer a reflection on the qualities of Being.
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