Traveling Through Time by Marianne Philip
I paint with household items, such as clay, make-up, and nail polish. I mold and blend these materials using various wood-burning tools, a heat gun, and hot glue to form abstract images on old picture frames, glass, wood, and foam board. My paintings of landscapes, dancers, and musical instruments contain beauty and movement; they are also textured, unfiltered, and raw. I could say the same thing about myself.
Video: Marianne working on her paintings.
Girl at Recital, 22 x 20", Mixed media, $125
This is an example of one of my paintings that is done on glass. It is made solely of nail polish, make-up, and crayons.
Lake Hope, 26 x 21", Mixed media, $325
This is my Lake Hope painting. I started out using Rust-Oleum and household items, paint, then went to using nail polish and clay. I blended everything together with wood-burning tools and a glue gun.
FROM TOP LEFT: Barre, 22 x 10", Mixed media, $125; Swan Lake, 22 x 10", Mixed media, $125; Centre Practice, 12 x 24", Mixed media, $125
I've been fascinated by classical and musical arts for quite some time, including operas. I've created many paintings of ballerinas. I started out doing scenes from Swan Lake, and have gradually moved on to using more of the ballet dancers in practice.
My very first art show was at Concord Counseling, and my dad was able to attend, despite his declining health. Since then, I have participated in numerous fundraisers, including the Art of Recovery, and have shown my work at the Mac Worthington Studio and inside Chromedge Studios. I am also a resident artist at Fresh A.I.R. Gallery's SEEN Studios.
After my father's death the following year, I had to reinvent myself once again. Every day, especially now during these trying times, I use art to cope with my major depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. I have learned to be content through my paintings, which has given me a brighter look on my life. I have been able to see beyond my depression, where I've found ways of being more grateful.
My Traveling Through Time piece, below, is a combination of different artworks I have painted over my seven-year journey. It's dedicated to my father, who was my inspiration.
Virtual exhibit produced by Lauren Pond