MEET MODERN MUSE: JENNIFER LOUISE MARTIN

Discover the fascinating personality behind this beautiful artist

Meet Modern Muse is inspired by The Proust Questionnaire. Proust Questionnaire originated in a parlor game popularised (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature 

 

Short & Sweet...

Describe yourself in one word... Dynamic

Describe your art in three words...  Expressive, Emotive, Colourful

What is a “Muse” for you? Someone, usually a female who captures my inspiration

 

If I was, I would be...

If I was a historical period in art.. Abstract Expressionism / 1960s
If I was a colour ... Portrait Pink
If I was a place... Palm Springs
If I was a feeling... Peaceful
If I was an animal... Leopard
If I was a pencil or a brush... Brush
If I want to escape I go.... by the sea
If I could speak with... Yayoi Kusama… I would ask... which work(s) was it that saved her from suicide

 

In more detail... 

Where are you from?

London

 

What is the arts community like there?  

Saturated with artists

 

Has where you come from shaped who you are as an artist today?

Yes certainly, the culture and talent here is phenomenal, I find it so inspiring.

 

Where do you live now?

Still London

 

When did you start to think about yourself as an artist?

When I was offered my first solo show in Los Angeles and painted in my garage for 3 months. he paintings were shipped still drying and made it just in time for the show, as they were stuck at US customs. I flew out to LA for the opening even though my parents were no happy with me going!

 

What is something you do every day?  

Take my antidepressant

 

Where does your inspiration come from?

The details in talking to people, pattern and nature

 

What is your starting point when looking at a blank canvas?

Admire it for 5 minutes before I start painting

 

Tell us a secret about one of your works?

One has a self-portrait underneath the painting. But most of my artworks are related to my dark, secretive personal thoughts

 

What is your most treasured possession?

My Nana’s gold necklace

 

Who are your Muse(s) in real life?

Everyday faces that I see

 

Who is your hero or heroine of fiction?

Matilda Wormwood

 

What Art Gallery do you love?

Serpentine Gallery

 

What is the best exhibition you have seen in the last year?

Henry Moore at Houghton Hall

 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Work, rest and play

 

What wouldn’t you do without?

My baby girl

 

If you could own a work by 3 different artists, who would be in your collection

Marlene Dumas, Albert Oehlen, Matisse

 

What is your motto?

If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint

 

 

February 25, 2021
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