Updated: Dec 5, 2018
By Marianne Simonin
Someday I would like to be so old with lines around my eyes, so old that I wouldn’t have to fight anymore. My eyelids heavy from past sorrow my lips sealed by the dryness of time. Someday I would like my hair long and white, as thin and brittle as my bones, and a long tune in my brain humming the rhythm of life. Someday I would like to surrender to the existence of mine, letting go open arms, reaching for the sunlight with my dry fingertips.
Someday I would like to be so old that I could hear the sound of my own shell cracking, and let it be so.
Marianne Simonin is a French artist living in London (UK). She likes to explore essentially Female energy, symbolism and Nature. Her work shifts between figurative and abstraction. Her source of inspiration and references stem from poetry, songs, deep emotions, and meditative states. The work produced has a strong psychological or spiritual presence. She uses a variety of media, mostly oils for the richness of colours and the flexibility of the medium, but also acrylics, charcoal, inks and photography to explore her themes. The process of manifestation and destruction often takes place during the making of a painting, as well as tuning with inner vibrations. She frequently ‘floods’ her paintings on the floor, creating a momentum between chance and control, thus feeding the next stages of the work in progress. The titles she uses are part of the creative process, and in many occasions they initiate the work. She also has a fascination towards the 'soul' revealing itself through the eyes, which often lets her explore portraiture of her imagination or inspired by people that intrigue her. She then seek to access states of mind hiding behind expressions. Her current studio is at Thames-sides Studios in Woolwich, South London. You can find more of her work on her website.