“Art is not a luxury, it is a necessity.”- Lyonel Feininger
Swiss artist, Marianne Odok has received an education as a translator.
"Language has always been and still is, a part of my creative being."
For over 40 years she has pursued different paths in art. In the 80s, Odok lived in Japan for three and a half years, an experience that had an enormous impact on her perception and sense of aesthetics.
"Quite recently, I rediscovered the art of haiku, a Japanese form of lyrics. Also in Japan, I learned the art of Sumi-E, ink painting. I like to experiment with different materials and forms. For many years, I worked with watercolors and digital photography, an art that gave me the freedom to paint without a brush."
In the past few years, Odok prefers to work with acrylic paint, with an occasional venture into tempera painting.
"I like to depict symbolic scenes and to tell hidden stories in my paintings but I also like simple things like still lives and landscapes. Art for me is vital, like breathing."
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist