About the artwork
It all started with me wanting to do a piece to celebrate the female form, and women in general. I did a few versions of this nude and then kept this one, the one I was most happy with. At first she was just floating there, but I felt like I needed to give it a frame, so I created that box, which created some perspective, so she could sit rather than just float.
Some people see it as her breaking out of a box, which is fine with me. But to me, the position of her body suggests a kind of peace.
I love to look at Henri Matisse’s female nudes, including his paintings, but here, with the flatness of the colors and since there’s no texture, I see more of a connection to his cut paper pieces. I’m also quite drawn to the San Francisco Bay Area artist Margaret Kilgallen.
This figure seemed like a Colette, the famous French author, since she’s quite reminiscent of female liberation.
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About Hello Marine
Hello Marine is a French-born illustrator and printmaker living in Brighton, in the UK. Her extensive list of clients include publications such as Grazia and the New York Times; publishers Penguin, Virgin, and Orion; the interior design retailer Heal’s, in England; and clothing labels Lacoste and Zadig & Voltaire. She’...More about Hello Marine