East Lansing Art Fest Best in Show: Marjolyn van der Hart
Painting by Marjolyn van der Hart
Going to art festivals is one of my favorite things about the summertime. It was divine intervention that gave us Michiganders a perfect, sunny, 80+ degree weekend to enjoy the 49th annual East Lansing Art Festival.
I typically can tell right away if I'd be interested in stopping at a booth or not at art fairs. In general, I am attracted to artists who use repurposed materials - whether it's a metal squirrel holding onto a precious nut made out of a shiny nut bolt (something I bought last year and saw again from the artist this year) or key racks using vintage doorknobs, I love seeing the creativity and use of old materials.
This year, even in the sweaty Saturday haze, my eye went right to a tent with beautiful collage-like pictures. Upon closer inspection, I saw that these pieces had a whimsical, throwback quality to them.
I met the artist, Marjolyn van der Hart of Toronto, who explained that the pictures were created by layering vintage papers and tissues on top of one another to create a dream-like composition. As she describes in her artist statement:
These paintings are from memory, imagination and suspended moments of my daily life. Like windows in time each image attempts to search for the emotion associated with a particular time and place.
By visiting the galleries on her website, you'll see the layering effect in her work and how it builds a story within each piece.
Among my favorites from the show and on her website at the link are True Love, with a couple embracing while riding bicycles side by side, and Dreams Come True, with an Andy Warhol-like repetition of an image of a couple kissing while holding into a tea cup and saucer.
While we weren't ready to commit to buying a big piece of art at the show this past weekend, I'm hoping that we will contact her soon about some of her pieces.
Of everything I saw this past weekend at the East Lansing Art Festival, Marjolyn's work is what I'm still dreaming of days later.