Martine Cuyvers

Born in: 1957, Belgium
Lives in: Antwerp, Belgium
Media: Painting
Describe your art in three words: Evocative abstract acrylpaintings
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Somewhere - Acrylic paint and ink 93 x 63 cm

"Painting is my personal journey of selfdiscovery that is transformed into something tangible. I dive into the collective creative field that is accessible to all of us, while searching for my purest self. In a state of complete freedom and childlike wonder. Questionning purpose and identity."

On the move - Acrylic paint and mixed media 52 x 52 cm
Keep me searching - Acrylic paint and mixed media 92 x 92 cm
A horse with no name - Acrylic paint 92 x 92 cm
What themes does your work involve?
My paintings are a reflection of how I experience life with all its highs and lows. It is an intuitive process in which the message only becomes clear to me when a work is finished. My paintings can be an invitation to contemplation or can provide insight into something hidden in my subconscious or the one the viewer. I wish to evoke a sensation, preferably joy, astonishment, emotion or comfort as a consolation in this disruptive world.
Describe your creative process.
I work without a plan, always in an attempt to reach the flow where time and space no longer exist. My gateway is music. The layers in the music are transformed into colours and when my hand moves on the rythm, I know I’m there. Free from expectations, experimenting, enjoying the process. The intuitive choice of colours determines the atmosphere of the painting, the emotion it evokes, the energy it radiates. Only in this natural flow can I create a pure and authentic work of art.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Painting is a necessity of life for me. As a highly sensitive person, I can express impressions for which words are insufficient. At the same time, it is a liberation, a representation of visible and, more importantly, invisible sensations, fears, feelings, desires, memories. All these impressions are my source of inspiration, and the intuitive choice of colours corresponds to the predominance of 1 of the 4 elements (water, air, fire, earth) on my physical and mental state at that moment.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Art evolves together with society, it can be a reflection of what is or was, but it can also anticipate what may come. Action versus reaction, destruction versus creation, craftsmanship versus experiment. You cannot separate one from the other., the timing may differ. I perceive a piece of art great when it transcends the ordinary and at the same time deeply moves me. When it settles in my memory and my cells. It can be literature, movies, choreographies, fine arts, theatre, music etc.
What is the role of the artist today?
What the world needs now is love ... and creativity. A more creative society has a potential to be more peacefull and problemsolving. In that sense, shouldn't we all be artists? The artist can be a role model for authenticity, courage and persistance. In a world dominated by perfectly impossible to achieve social media fake role models, it is time to get our feet on the ground and live as close as possible to our genuine soul paths. That's what a true artist does.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist

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