Marina Chamberlain

Marina Chamberlain

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Marina Chamberlain, mixed media artist
At Lara, 46x61x2cm. Collage with acrylic paint and wax pastel
Garden Medley, 51x51x3.5cm. Collage with acrylic paint
Still Life IV, 28x25cm. Analogue collage with vintage papers

I have always had a passion for art and pursued this interest whenever work and family would allow.  In New Zealand I was for some years a specialist art teacher for schoolchildren. There I attended professional and personal development courses in art subjects at a tertiary level. 

After much travelling and several career changes I relocated from New Zealand to Melbourne. Now I focus on developing my art practice.  

My inspiration

Inspiration comes from many sources:  my surroundings, nature, my travels and from my background in horticulture.  

In the past I have been extensively involved with garden design. This influence has emerged as a theme in much of my work.  I love the variety of shapes and colours the garden image can provide. 

My mixed media art practice

My process involves layering synthetic polymer paint with other mark-making mediums. Together with a selection of collage elements, I am able to give complexity and depth to the surface of the work, always with an eye on colour and texture.

This intuitive process gives me the freedom to express my subjects creatively through memory and the imagination. One element will inspire the next, culminating in a harmonious work that captures the spirit of the subject, be it a landscape, a concept or a vase of flowers.

Collage from magazines and books

I also enjoy exploring analogue collage using images from vintage magazines, books and found street posters. These enable me to create disjointed compositions of the quirky and the beautiful. 

I love the surprises and the humour inherent in this art form, and its potential for social commentary.  A collage composition will sometimes form the basis for my mixed media paintings.