Mariette Voke

Mariette Voke

Mariette paints bold still lives, working in vibrant oil colours on canvas, or with acrylics on Indian handmade papers. Her paintings explore history and beauty in everyday things, found, hoarded or worn with use. Treasured possessions inspire her; favourite china, shoes, old photographs and toys. SHe is interested in the ability of objects to trigger recollection, striking a chord, not only for herself but for our collective memory. Her move to painting from a twenty year career in garden ceramics was led by a search for colour that she couldn’t get from clay; She was tempted by names on paint tubes, alizarin crimson, cerulean blue and burnt sienna and drawn to the smell of oils and turpentine, She admires the work of twentieth century painters, Duncan Grant, Winifred Nicholson, Dora Carrington, and Laura Knight, also contemporary artist Peter Blake and sculptor Andy Hazel, for their love of collecting and working with all things quirky and nostalgic. Mariette has a passion for painting clothing with a personal tale to tell. She feels the poignancy of a dress on a hanger can be as evocative as a photograph. Through folds of fabric and the way things wear, a frayed collar, a pulled thread or a lost button, places, feelings and moments in time can be recalled. Mariette lives in the Forest of Dean with her potter-partner and two daughters. She paints everyday, often returning to her studio shed to work into the night.
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