1986 · Russian Federation
Born and trained in St.Petersburg, Russia, Marie now lives between Singapore, Sydney and St.Petersburg where she does what she loves the most – painting. She first learnt oil painting from established Russian artists, and continued her studies at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St.Petersburg, Russia. She draws her inspiration from the European modernism in both the choice of the subject matter and the bold expressionist style.
Marie Pol's work explores vulnerability and emotional exposure as essential components for creativity, belonging and empathy. Exposure to risk - being the birthplace of both courage and love - manifests in the gestural yet lyrical quality of her paintings. In her art, Marie also reflects on the distinction between representation and abstraction. She is an avid believer that within representation there are abstract ideas and vice versa. The moments of switching gears between the two are as fundamental as they are breathtaking.
So by taking seemingly easy and familiar subjects Marie creates situations allowing to release the abstract energies. She wants the viewer to wander between reality of the scene and the reality of the painting process and in this sense she is inspired by the old masters as much as by the Abstract Expressionists.
"I often think of "building up the surface" in the same way as non-representational painters would do, however, by retaining the subject, I invite the viewer to flip back and forth between representation and abstraction, between the cosmos and the chaos".