About

Artist statement

Through her work Marina explores her relationship and reverence with the world of Nature. She draws inspiration from multi-cultural sources and a deep connection with nature. It is her belief that human beings need a strong relationship with the natural world in order to live a balanced life. It is her understanding that we were once deeply connected, through our hearts, to forests, rivers, mountains, plants and animals and that through our modern way of life we are loosing this deep connection.

As in animism (the belief that natural objects, natural phenomena, and the universe itself possess souls), Marina aims to create pieces filled with breath, spirit and life and hopes that they will inspire the viewer to rekindle the relationship between their own inner nature and the natural world.

Marina’s work is mostly figurative, often using a meditative approach when starting a piece, she works intuitively. Paper porcelain is her preferred medium but she also uses other clay bodies. Each piece is fired multiple times.

Marina uses the Japanese word Kami (a divine being or spirit in Shinto religion) to describe her work.

Bio

Marina was raised in France, Africa and England, and now lives in Manchester.
In 1992 she completed her Fine Art degree, majoring in sculpture at Falmouth School of Art and Design and then going on to study Ceramics for two years.