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    Marie Larkin, visual artist and educator

    Marie Larkin
    Artist and Visual Arts Educator

    What is your professional or training background? 
    I have a Bachelor of Art Education and have been a visual artist and art teacher since 1980.

    What do you make, create or do?
    I have taught in schools, TAFE, and been an Education Officer for the Regional Galleries NSW. I gained national recognition and success in the 1990's as an embroiderer with a number of group and solo shows and two touring exhibitions through regional galleries in Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales. My work was featured in Textile Fibre Forum, The Land newspaper and Masters of their Craft, a coffee table book by art historian, Norris Iannou. I won The Dame Nancy Buttfield Embroidery Prize and The Namoi Valley Cotton Fibre Acquisitive Award. Through the exhibition tour of Revealing Threads I was the recipient of a $10,000 Australia Council Grant that allowed me to travel to various towns and cities to give workshops. After many years as a full time Senior Visual Arts teacher, I am now a very part time teacher and am practicing my own art with determined focus, working in painting, drawing, mixed media and sculpture and produce artwork from a loft studio in my home near Tamworth, NSW. I have also started making jewellery that incorporates my images. My next solo show, Rhyme and Reason opens at 19Karen Contemporary Artspace on 30th April. See attached media release for all the details about the show.

    What other creative areas would you like to explore as a side-project to your current work, or move into full-time?
    I'm actually fairly happy with what I'm presently doing. I'm beginning to master oil paint and I'm really having fun with the jewellery. I have ideas for my next Body of Work when I finish the Rhyme and Reason series and I'm pretty keen to get started on that. It would be nice to get some illustration and editorial work - particularly in the area of children's books. I think my style would suit that.

    What skills do you have that help you run your business, or what skills would you like to develop?
    I have a good understanding of visual arts from a variety of viewpoints and appreciation of critical practice, a firmly established art practice and undertanding of my position ( how I operate) as an artist. A pretty good command of photoshop and the internet and website design. (I designed the concept and did all the graphics for my current website and Paisley built it for me.) An absolute commitment to what I am doing and a dogged determination to succeed. Almost tunnel vision and a very strong work ethic with a willingness to try most anything. Familiarity with a number of expressive forms due to teaching. What I am trying desperately to do is get re established in a crowded artworld and find my little niche market so that I can continue to make work by selling it.

    List five people, businesses or websites/blogs that keep you motivated and inspired, and why?
    www.indie.com.au/ Carolyn has been really helpful and always supportive in a very real way and her blog is a great site for finding artists

    www.watim.com/ Great site for finding 'what's happening' and sourcing artists

    www.artonfix.com/ A fantasitc art blog where I discovered 'art dolls', Kaia Koopman and Ray Caesar, amongst others

    www.etsy.com/ Lovely lovely things that people make inspire me and help generate ideas

    The following artists have much to offer in inspiration and technique - tonal modelling, stylisation, athe subject matter of an imaginary world...etc I actually have lots more that I find inspirational and that I use in my teaching as well.


    Contact Marie via marie/at/marielarkin.com.au

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