ARTIST STATEMENT BY MARJORIE NILSSEN
My paintings are based on my long time interest in color, texture and unity.
While I am visually intrigued by nature; rocks, algae, moss, etc., my paintings are not
representations or ‘pictures’ of nature.
I am constantly amazed at what happens in my studio when I let go of ideas and allow the
various processes of painting; melting wax, mixing paint, scraping, etc., to develop into a work.
It is the mystery of this process that intrigues and inspires me.
(September 15-October 1, 2012) enhanced my artistic skills by reinforcing the significance of
color development and the concept of losing yourself in order to make a good painting.
I can still hear Poon’s saying “stop trying to make a painting!!”
Although I was aware of this concept prior to my time at the Art League this idea becomes
more clear to me as I continue to work in my studio in Atwater, Minnesota.
Below is a quote from Larry Poons that I really like:
it’s not me.’ It’s always you. That’s the important part of art: that this thing comes through if
you let it. The essential part of what you, the artist is, comes through if you don’t try to be so
overly protective of what you think is your way of doing things. I think you have to constantly relearn this in your working career---that what you think you can’t do is what you already should be doing, and you’re just putting it off. Simply because you’re afraid to lose yourself. But when you lose yourself, that’s when the art happens.”
*From a 1989 interview with John Zinsser in ‘Larry Poons: Paintings, 1963-1990