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 shapes without a predetermined plan.
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. These flaws - which are present throughout all subsequent pieces Marie Bernard create - bear testimony to the analogue origins of their collaboration, as well as to the firm belief that intuition and an organic approach are to be embraced in order to make the works resonate.
Each journey from paper to plywood is unique as multiple layers of paper are translated into a three-dimensional image. Marie Bernard make sure to perfectly balance all colours and to carefully translate the human gesture and imperfections present in the paper collages. In order to attain a high degree of translucency and colour saturation the separate elements that make up the collage are primed with a minimum of four layers and afterwards painted with a minimum of three layers. Although their works are made in editions ranging from 5 to 8, all works are really unique because the paints for each separate work will be mixed again from scratch upon order.
Marie Bernard’s collages can be found in numerous private collections across
Europe and the US.