Words: Erin Irwin
Having studied painting since she was 6 years old, Marina Rolfe’s practice has been the work of a lifetime. Now living and working in Australia, the artist is set to join ARC ONE’s stable of artists.
The artist’s works depict abstracted landscapes she calls “new places”, utilising elements from real environments which she pares back and embellishes to construct her own vistas. Populated by stylised renderings of organic forms and rocky outcrops, the subjects of her works appear slowly, intermingling a wide palette of colours and textures.
“I get inspired by my immediate environment, being in nature, seeing colours and textures, materials, and collaborating with them.”
Using an aesthetic of spontaneity with deliberate application and mark-making, the artist has utilised a long history of artmaking to produce something instinctual, rather than taught.
Since moving from Russia, Rolfe has completed a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. She has received several scholarships from Australian institutions and abroad, having exhibited in Russia, Germany, and Australia.
Rolfe’s debut solo exhibition with ARC ONE is scheduled for May 2024.
This article was posted 12 April 2023.
Image: Marina Rolfe in her Melbourne studio. Photo: Amelia Stanwix. Courtesy: the artist and ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne.