When an artist’s work resonates with you so much that you see yourself in even the quirkiest of their creations, you know you’ve found your artistic version of a kindred spirit! For me, that artist is Melbourne-based illustrator, Marianna Marx.
Marianna’s use of the ordinary makes it easy to relate to her art. And her use of her seemingly limitless imagination makes for easy escapism. For years now, Marianna’s whimsical illustrations in dreamy pastel-coloured hues have been transporting fans like myself to faraway places where anything is possible.
Each of her illustrations holds personal meaning and Marianna no doubt has some fascinating stories behind all the symbolism! But they have also been left open to interpretation so that any one of us might identify with her sketches in our own unique way. She clearly has a lot of fun planting seeds in our minds and sparking imaginations. Hearing the different interpretations of her artwork is Marianna’s favourite thing about being an artist, besides drawing itself.
Marianna’s portfolio is a treasure trove of mysterious characters and curious creatures, often lost in some dreamlike scenario or simply lost in their own thoughts. The more I become familiar with Marianna’s work, the more I wonder where all these creative ideas hail from. How does one become such a deeply imaginative soul? As a mother of daughters, I am interested in what might have influenced Marianna growing up and what parenting ideas I might be able to pinch! As it turns out, Marianna not only has advice to share from her creative upbringing but also a few words of wisdom from her own experience as an art teacher.
“I don’t think there’s such thing as creative people and non-creative people, everyone expresses their creativity in their own unique way” ~ Marianna Marx
Marianna graciously agreed to answer all of our questions, divulging details of her artistic process, insights into her life and career as an artist, and various other musings, from the musicians who inspire her to what the future holds.
Introducing Marianna Marx…