On this day, you’ll learn about the Dallas based artist and muralist, Mariel Pohlman. Mari made the very interesting jump from doing CPA work to be a full-time artist. With her travels in between this transition, Mari learned her true happiness came from creation and has remained in the pursuit of art since. For her creative pieces, she is more abstract with a great rhythmic display of shapes and we’ll get just a little more detail from Mari and her process.
Q: To break the ice a bit, what is the quirkiest thing about you?
I’ve got two very different sides to my personality – I’m both analytical but also spontaneous and creative. My past career was in accounting before I broke free to rediscover my creative side. I think both personalities are me, and they both play a part in the way I go about my artwork. Sometimes I feel like my creative ideas come from a chaotic part of my brain and then my analytical side is what helps me to execute those ideas.
Q: Do you feel like this plays a part in your art?
I think that my art has a lot of freedom to it, and it feels like I’m coming up with a new set of rules for each painting as I go. With my abstract work, I’ll often improvise an arrangement or different elements. I’m organizing and distributing shapes or colors or curves until the balance feels right to me, and that’s when I know I’m done.
Q: For the audience to better understand your work while keeping ambiguity, how would explain your art and where do you draw influence from?
The process for making my abstract work is usually meditative and improvisational. I like to start by making a mark or two and then figuring out from there how the piece will develop by layering the shapes together. While I’m painting, I’m thinking through all the decisions in the moment they are happening, realizing that the painting could develop in a few different directions based on these choices. I often have no idea what the final result will be.
Q: We at YAYDEN always find great interest in the creative thought process that allows for such unique yet rhythmic pieces to be created. From your mind, what can you share with us that allows this flow to happen?
I really like to make a painting in one session if at all possible. It helps to be in the focused mindset and sometimes if I step away it’s hard to get back into that zone. For bigger projects, the design goes through different stages or iterations of development before it reaches the final painted effect on the wall.
Q: Are you a music lover at all? Who or which genre do you typically listen to when crafting? Do you feel the music plays a lot into the end result of your pieces?
Yeah absolutely, I really enjoy creating playlists that are a mixture of a bunch of different genres. What I listen to just depends on my mood that day! Music is something that helps me get into a flow state when working on something, and I think it probably affects my mood and the colors I choose.
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Marpohl: Untitled #38 was inspired by a wall I saw that was covered in stickers, and I just really liked that layering effect and wanted to recreate it in an abstract way. AndUntitled #52
Untitled #52 feels like a puzzle to me with a lot of different elements interlocking into each other, while keeping the colors balanced throughout the mixture.