Tania Marmolejo Andersson is a Swedish-Dominican American artist born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Her work juxtaposes the intimate and private with the monumental, creating large-scale work of ambiguous feminine facial expressions. She additionally explores problems with gender and identification as a Scandinavian-Caribbean feminine artist, utilizing portraiture and bodily expression as a way of speaking feelings to the viewer, stimulating a putting empathetic response.
Just lately, I had the possibility to interview Tania to debate the creative influences behind her work and her upcoming initiatives.
Rom Levy: When do you know you needed to be an artist?
Tania Marmolejo: Since I used to be slightly lady, I picked up a crayon and located magic.
What’s the inspiration behind your work?
My very own experiences as a lady, recollections of my childhood and teenage years, ideas and contemplations on life and the feminine expertise.
How does portray as a medium serve your ideas in distinction to the opposite mediums?
Portray in oil permits me to shortly paint my ideas (i don’t sketch beforehand), and on the similar time- take my time ending the work and altering it as I am going alongside and as my ideas and emotions change.
What’s the idea in your work? Why are ladies the principle topics of your portraits? And what does the emphasis on the eyes bear?
The idea is feminine life, ladies are the central figures as a result of I work from my very own experiences. The eyes are the vessels for communication. I need the viewer to be “caught” in a stare that received’t let go.
Who’re the ladies in your work?
They’re characters that characterize emotions, experiences and recollections. Not essentially self- portraits, however there may be a variety of me in every character.
What are you able to inform us about your palette?
It varies relying on the reminiscence I’m portraying, or the sensation I need to categorical. It may be a cool palette with bits of heat, or a heat palette with hints of coolness.
There are situations the place a couple of topic is depicted in your work, corresponding to a fowl or extra feminine characters. Are you able to inform us extra about these work?
The animals generally characterize different folks, generally they’re symbols, generally they’re slightly voice…the opposite feminine characters is usually a mirror picture, a good friend, a sister. I let the viewer resolve.
I’m within the ephemerity of work. In case you are sad with a piece, do you are inclined to destroy it or would you reasonably put it in storage for some time and alter them at a later date?
I retailer them and alter later. I not often destroy, although it has occurred – so I can transfer on!
As a New-Yorker, how is your relation to the situation road tradition?
I truly don’t have a variety of similarity with the road tradition, being extra of a “classical” painter, even when my characters may be pop- surrealist in nature. I do have buddies within the tradition and I get pleasure from it, however virtually really feel indifferent from it as a style.
Did you ever paint a mural or have any curiosity to take action sooner or later?
I’ve painted murals in a basic sense (on a wall in a house), however not an outside one. It will be an incredible expertise to strive.
Being from varied backgrounds culturally, how does that affect your work?
My work may be very break up in persona, and that comes from my twin Scandinavian- Caribbean heritage. The colours, themes, personalities may be very scandinavian or caribbean, relying on my temper and focus.
Describe what a day in Tania Marmolejo’s week appears like?
Lots of portray! At all times. I’m very disciplined and paint many hours a day. I are inclined to work very laborious for a number of weeks main as much as a present, then I journey far to flee my studio and clear my thoughts.
What’s one factor you all the time want in your studio whereas working?
Music! Although silence is good too, occasionally. Gentle- numerous gentle.
Inform us about your upcoming plans?
Apart from the solo present at Volery Gallery, which I’m very enthusiastic about, 2023 is filled with solo exhibits in Asia and Europe, and a few group exhibits too. So I see a variety of my studio partitions in my future!
Photograph credit: B4 Flight