Marije Vermeulen makes paintings and wallpieces in which color, energy and brightness
are important elements. The work is made up with precisely divided, tightly executed
forms and patterns. It is painted contrasty in even or dissolving colors. The origin
of shapes, partitions and combinations of color, is found in observations and a process
of extensive sketching. The contradiction between restrained execution and rich exuberance
gives a controlled and at the same time dynamic image.
The work is based on romantic and exotic cliché images that give evidence of a life
full adventure, glamour and travelling. Palm tree silhouettes, sunsets, wide beaches,
boulevards with parading people, colored parasols, cocktails, white villas, tropical
gardens, luxury hotels and sunlit swimming pools. Besides these observed sources
she also uses images from an elaborately collected archive of pictures from glossy
fashion and lifestyle magazines. The titles of the paintings refer to these escapist
sources, this in contrast to the titles of the wallpieces which refer mostly to an
act in the making process.
The making process starts with a frame. With a painting, the frame starts very intuitive
by means of a quick sketch. With a wallpiece it starts with the dimensions of the
space where the work will be executed. The proportions of the frame are essential.
The sizes of the forms in the work are a multiple, or a mathematical partition of
these proportions. A frame implicates the presence of an inner world and an outer
area. Some works focus on being an object and others continue imaginary beyond the
frame. This can be seen literally in the wallpieces, because the architectural elements
present in a space, like a window or an arch, play a part in the design. That’s why
a design for a specific space can only be executed there; otherwise it loses its
relevance of form and proportion.
The work is then built up with a series of actions based on small colored pencil
sketches. These actions are, for example cutting in halves, turning over, repeating,
transferring and cutting through. By making deliberate choices from the sketches
for the next action instead of trying on the canvas, the work stays bright and clean.
Because of this method, layers appear. These are sometimes exploited in spaciousness,
or sometimes used to oppose it by creating flatness.