Marlieze’s excitement for art began in her childhood as she would often go to art classes instead of participating in sport with the other children in the afternoon. She had similarly always been exposed to art from a young age as her mother studied and taught art. However, Marlieze somehow drifted away from her passion for many years. After studying to become a chef, mothering three children and establishing a sportswear company she was able once again to rediscover her love for art. By putting her whole self and all her energy into her sportswear company, Marlieze was heartbroken when the business fell apart after 5 years. In a state of emotionally drained and defeated moral Marlieze began to watch art videos and reignited her excitement about her past love. She became incredibly interested in videos of creating resin artworks and tried to recreate the seascapes that were popular online.
After learning about the way to work and manipulate resin Marlieze began to venture out producing unique works of her own. She overcame the issues working with resin such as its 8 hour setting time and 2 hour working time by creating her work in layers. After painting her initial ideas in acrylic on the canvas Marlieze then applies up to 9 layers of resin manipulating the flow of the medium with heat guns, straws and hair dryers leaving the painting to set rockhard between each layer.
Marliezes works have changed in appearance after beginning her resin paintings in October 2017, she has moved from creating canvases reminiscent of tropical waters to being able to control and shape the works in her blossom series. She sometimes works from blurred and focused photos and recreates the colours and to create a work that is not realistic but instead creates an effect, you do not need a drawing but works with the play of colours.
Most of my inspiration does not come from representing objects realistically but capturing a feeling of a colour. I am drawn to the vibrant colours of nature and what these colours make me think about, whether that be blossom, water or even pomegranates.