July 10, 2013

Spotlight: Marine Marbleindex

If Scheherazade wore pink platforms, these would be her portraits.

Oftentimes, it's said that art's purpose (even literature, music, the whole lot of it) is to transport the viewer/listener/reader to a new and interesting place, far from the one that might presently be ailing them. But arguably, this doesn't always happen. Whether the art has outside, interfering connotations, or the viewer just doesn't buy it, sometimes the viewing experience can be a total dud, and you're left in your familiar old bedroom, in your (maybe?) sometimes boring old town. Marine Marbleindex's illustrations, however, won't leave you with that empty feeling. From the vibrant pastels, to the intense details, all the way to the exotic imagery, her art zaps you into this other world and leaves you there as long as your fingers can click.

And I think what is most intriguing about Marbleindex's artwork is that every time I revisit a piece, I find something new - a slice of fruit, a piece of jewelry, some little tidbit that brings you back to that lovely escape all over again. She often depicts these strong, sarcastic women, who, though you don't always get the context, always seem to be from another country, state, time period, universe (not surprising, as Marine is French, and I always imagine the French to be lovely dreamers). We asked Marine some questions about her art, love of illustration, and inspiration, and hope that we'll float away from this humid summer to somewhere a little more exciting.

THE LE SIGH: Each of your illustrations are filled with so much detail! How long does the average piece take and what tools do you use to get each portion so precise?

MARINE MARBLEINDEX: It depends on the size, but I draw with a little pencil called a Uni Pin. It's a size 0.2, so it can sometimes take more than thirty hours when there are a lot of details, like on Le Jugement Dernier - but now I use tablets a lot and photoshop, so it's very fast!

TLS: You depict a lot of really exotic looking women; what's the inspiration behind such strong imagery?

MM: I think it's mostly just a question of fashion, and all things we can see on the Internet. Sometimes it's a question of aesthetics and beautiful things that make me dream!

TLS: When did you start drawing and how has your interest in illustration developed over time?

MM: I started when I was a little girl, and developed more and more over time until one day when I was I twenty-two, I thought, "Ok, I'm going to stop everything. I want to be an illustrator and it will be my only job!" I really want it, but it's so hard.

TLS: When looking at your pictures of such exotic women, it's difficult to not think that they're from faraway places. What's your favorite place to be or travel to?

MM: Good question! It's so nice to be far from where you live; I really want to travel to Russia, Moscow and St. Petersburg. I think they're very beautiful looking - the architecture, language, women, winter, and the fashion. I love it all and really need to go.

TLS: I adore the different colors you fill your illustrations with - the pastels remind me of candy, which is my favorite food. Why these in particular?

MM: I like them because they're beautiful, sweet, and pure. Pastels are strong and positive – the colors say, "Look at me, I'm pretty happy, and I know what I want!" I was bored by the color black because it can often be sad. Nice, but sad.

TLS: In addition to the women you draw being exotic looking, they're all very strong and sensual. Do you know any of the women you depict or are they all from your imagination?

MM: The women I draw must have triangular faces; the best one is Sasha Pivovarova, who's Russian. I like her face and beauty, and often look at her for my women. Sometimes I'm the woman, but it depends on the subject!

TLS: The greeting cards you make are all very different from those you can find in a store - do you give yours out to your friends and family?

MM: The cards I find in Bordeaux are so ugly! And I was thinking people would buy the ones I make really easily, but I've ended up losing money because I just give them to my friends. Bordeaux isn't a good town for that  people appreciate another art that's much more boring.

Find more of Marine's art here. 

Written by Molly Morris