TORONTO POWERHOUSE ARTIST
with MARJOLYN van der HART!
Marjolyn was raised in an artistic household where her father, well known Ontario artist John, taught her to embrace the motto: YOU CAN DO THIS!
After an undergrad degree in Ottawa, Marjolyn set out for the USA and attended the Parsons School of Design in New York and the Ringling School of Art in Florida. It was during these formative years that she knew she wanted to focus on the gatekeepers in the world of art and not rely on gallery owners and art consultants and critics to sustain her practice.
Inspired by clippings from vintage magazines such Look and Post, vintage postcards and classic movies from the 50’s and 60’s Marjolyn focuses on the act of building up and layering images using collage with colour tissue paper overlay. In some cases, she uses the tissue from old dress patterns. Brilliant! Memory can be such a beautiful thing and you only have to ponder on one of Marjolyn’s interesting works of art to have it strike strong emotion of a past time.
Using memory as a lens, this talented artist carefully selects nostalgic imagery to create her wonderful architectural spaces. Her artwork is often juried into highly judged blind jury shows and art fairs in the USA. Marjolyn candidly reveals that it has taken her almost 25 years as a practicing artist to gain full appreciation of her style and genre.
Looks like she has hit her stride.
What a wonderful interview with a very talented artist!