Marie Bernard is a collaboration between designer
Masja van Deursen and artist Serge Game that started in 2017.
Based on their separate professional experiences they investigate their shared passion for the tactile use of colour and materials. Their approach is very intuitive and allows for both abstract as well as more figurative results. Typically they will pick up a pair of scissors and start cutting up sheets of coloured paper and arranging the pieces without a predetermined plan in search of interesting shapes and compositions. Key are the little fissures and imperfect overlaps - as a direct result of this modus operandi - that enhance the works’ visual tension and physical presence of these collages. These flaws - which are present throughout all subsequent works Marie Bernard create - bear testimony to the analogue origins of their collaboration, as well as to the firm belief that an intuitive and organic approach are to be embraced in order to make the works resonate.
FROM PAPER TO WOOD
Not long after the start of their collaboration Marie Bernard decided to make interpretations of selected paper collages in plywood. Each journey from paper to plywood is unique as multiple layers of paper are translated into a three-dimensional image. Marie Bernard makes sure to perfectly balance all colours and to carefully translate the human gesture and imperfections present in the paper collages. Next step is to translate the colours of the paper shapes to paint which is mixed and applied by hand. In order to achieve a high degree of color saturation as well as translucency every separate piece of plywood is treated with at least 4 coats of bright white primer before finishing it with 3-5 thin layers of acrylic paint. Black is never used straight from the bottle but composed from scratch using an array of colours. The result is yet another vibrating colour which our eyes perceive as black although the consistency may vary per work.
Recently Marie Bernard developed a number of ‘fully’ three-dimensional works. These works are still very much based on the shapes that can be found in the paper and plywood collages. By literally enlarging and blowing up these shapes - and painting them in a well-balanced colour palette - a group of very tactile sculptures was brought into existence that also stay true to their origins.
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