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Laura Marconi: Art to me is an expression of an inner world. It is a search with endless questions of life's mysteries. And with new answers there are new questions, and a new personal growth. It is a difficult and challenging task.
My work is personal and intimate. I tried to capture the moment in time and my feelings. I look for ordinary elements and I stretch them; the use of lines and colors reflects my inner thoughts. I like to have a sense of space in my paintings, to me it symbolizes human nature. Mystery is also important, it leads to more open interpretations.
During the past two years I was fortunate to be able to spend some time in artists residencies in Iceland. In September 2013 I went to GULLKISTAN, in the southwest part of the island where I stayed for one month at the village of Laugarvatn. I was so mesmerized by the savage beauty of Iceland that I applied again for another residency, LISTHUS, this time in the small fishing village of Ólafsfjörður in the northeast, at the mouth of the fjord Eyjafjörður. I was there for one month in August, and for two weeks I went back to GULLKISTAN. This year I will be at LISTHUS in August and September.
There are no words to describe Iceland! Its landscape is so dramatically beautiful, this land is alive, and continually changing and somehow destroying and rebuilding itself. It takes your breath away. It grabs you, and guides you toward the deepest part of your soul. It is a spiritual experience.
My inspiration for these groups of paintings came from the mountains surrounding Ólafsfjörður. A majestic range still covered with spots of snow forming different shapes. Strong graphic patterns that seemed black and white at a certain time of day. It reminded me of woodcuts prints, very bold looking. The "Magic Lake" is a small glacial lake that I found after a two hours steep trail on a mountain. A vision of pure ecstasy.