Marianne Hendriks portrays nature differently; her motivation behind the paintings is the wonderment for nature. She is fascinated with how we relate to nature. She plays with the balance of nature, abstraction, and geometry, showing the transformation. The work is influenced by art history and art’s ability to play with illusion.
"I always found art captivating, it really entices curiosity. I believe that art has a decorative function. I love that art is everything but the obvious. Storytelling is what art is for me, I am crazy about stories, I like to think of it as serious play and conversation. I believe art has a great tradition but also invites one to explore and divert from it, as art is based on art."
The paintings are a series of portraits of plants and leaves with an imaginative and naive appearance, showing underlying stories and associations. Marianne’s paintings contain many hidden meanings and elusive effects. You might sometimes have the feeling you are not looking at a plant but at creases of a sofa or an African mask. The plants have influences of human-like characteristics. Marianne wants to create a sense of intimacy and estrangement at the same time. Her work shows a strong sense of rhythm by created patterns, repeated elements, and texture, giving the impression that the plants are alive. The proportions in the paintings are a play and search out of curiosity on balance of symmetry and disruptions with imperfections. Becoming a balance between realism and abstraction.The portraits of the plants have a statuesque appearance, like objects of worship, with their sculpted texture and centerpiece symmetric composition.
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