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‘I believe colour communicates emotion, creates mood and speaks directly to the soul.’ My current body of work is informed by the way we as human beings relate and interact with each other. My collages and paintings are mostly abstract but if you look closely you might spot characters interacting within the frame, that’s if you choose to. I am interested in striking a balance between free expression of colours and brush strokes fuelled by human emotion and finding a moment of stillness. This is what I try to achieve within my collages and paintings. For me, the dots in my work represent islands of clarity and focus. PROCESS – In my practice I stitch into my both work on paper and canvas. I find it equally therapeutic and petrifying making permanent holes in my paintings, but I like the 3D effect stitching adds to my work. I feel it gives the pieces body and dimension; it comes alive and feels complete. As an artist and designer, I am dedicated to exploring how my visual language evolves over time. COLOUR – I love experimenting with different colour combinations and find it exhilarating that no two individuals have the exact same colour taste, that our personal colour preference is shaped by who we are, where we have been and what we have experienced. I was born in South Korea, and adopted in Norway where I lived until my early twenties before settling in London, the city that’s been my home for the past fifteen years. My personal colour preference is informed by many sources, but l always carry with me the colours of the sky, the beach and the mountain where I grew up. My childhood in Norway has given me my base palette, my love for all shades of blues, browns and greens. These are colours I always come back to. To add to this, I collect colour stories wherever I go. I collect these stories on my way to the studio, going back to Norway and on my travels. These fragmented colour combinations collected as photos act as catalysts for the more extensive colour work I undertake in my studio. Read my colour journal here LINE – I found my line in my late twenties and it was broken. I draw with felt tip pens and permanent markers that are about to run out. I like the raw, scratchy effect they make. I try to harness some of the same energy in my paintings and textile work. I explore this broken line in both my colour and monochrome work. I practice my drawings and monochrome work in between periods working extensively with colour and feel this work acts as palate cleanser. STUDIO – I work from my studio at Cockpit Arts in Holborn central London. Studio visits – by appointment only.
STUDIO – I work from my studio at Cockpit Arts in Holborn central London. As a studio holder at Cockpit Arts I exhibit my work bi-annually during summer and Christmas open studios along with the other hundred and forty artists, designers and makers at Cockpit Arts. We get thousands of very loyal visitors coming to these shows. I have been a studio holder at Cockpit arts since 2013.
Maria has a BA degree in design and in her career as a designer she has worked with clients like, Tate, Apple, Heals and Cole & Son. Maria has been developing her studio practice as a painter since 2011 and is committed to exploring how her personal visual language evolves over time.