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Marijo SwickBiography: I want to communicate; but dialogue is a mutable thing. It changes continuously. One doesn’t stick to a formula in conversation. Instead one allows it to bloom and take on a life of its own. At the end of a good conversation you may have discussed one topic or several, but you feel like something has been shared. Not necessarily changing points if view, but that ideas are expressed freely and without fear. In conversation the topic may change, ideas flow from one to the next - sometimes in a seemingly random fashion but when you observe the whole, you can see how one idea gave birth to another. My art is like dialogue in that I let ideas flow and I work on whatever comes into my mind. I do not limit myself to dealing with only this or that. Similarly with materials. In the end they all relate to each other as an example of the thinking process. One wouldn’t build a house or a car out of the same materials or using the same methods. I enjoy handling materials - different materials. I don’t feel the need to limit myself to a particular medium because “this is what I work in”, when a different medium would be better suited to the idea in my head. One has to do what is best for the work, and if that requires my learning how to make paper, for example, then I research how to make paper and I do it. Or soldering, or any other process. It’s in large measure why I work. Like dialogue, it’s the process. The act of doing it, that is engaging. Enjoying it while you are working. Enjoying handling the materials. The taste, the smell, the tactile sensations; engaging all your senses while working. If you have enjoyed the process - it shows. One’s work whether building a house, a car or making art, shows when you enjoy what you do, regardless of the subject matter. Exploration of process compells me. To write a letter to my mom, I would use a pen and paper, but if I were trying to do something else I might use a stick and wax or mud. It all depends on what you are trying to say. Process is important. It should enhance the final piece and leave the viewer with the feeling that this is how it should be. That the artist considered the content, context and all the ideas about the work before and during its creation. That the artist chose the best way to express their ideas. That it all matters. It all has to work together - like conversation. If one person does all the talking and doesn’t pay attention to what is going on around them, the conversation will be over quickl... to see complete biography, click on artist's name Country: Canada Media: mixed media, acrylic, pencil crayon, snake skin, digital transfer, cork, rice paper on canvas Style: symbolic Subjects: people, portraits and characters
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