We are in a dreamy state of mind here at The Archive! With summer around the corner, and endless beach days ahead, our new collection of dream catchers has us dancing in twirls! We sat down with Marlyn Sasson, the creative designer behind our dream catchers, to discuss her life as an artist, as well as her latest body of work!
Hey there Marlyn! Thank you so much for taking the time to sit down with us to talk about your latest series! Our readers would love to know what got you interested in being an artist? It's my pleasure! My interest in art began in high school when I experimented with dyes & wax, where I began creating batiks. Then I explored various areas including interior design & fashion design.
How long would you say you've been an artist? I began creating as a young child and have evolved through the years and currently live in my free spirit through the colors and materials I use.
How would you describe your subject matter? The subject matter I use is ubiquitous and always textural in nature whether it be dreamcatchers, wallhangings or paintings.
What research do you do to get your creative juices flowing? The research I enjoy and understand most is visualization. I've visited and toured tons of museums and feel enlightened by the artwork displayed and the descriptions posted. The mental image stays with me & inspires me to create.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you? I was always inspired by my mother's style, she had a penmanship that most calligraphers envied! Her cursive writing was always perfect almost to a fault. This inspired me to be creative.
We love nothing more than beautiful penmanship! Your mom must have been a very special woman. Could you share with us something you absolutely love to do? I love deciphering the tiniest of details. It's in those details that a work of art comes together; whether it be a mundane object or an elaborate piece.
We couldn't agree more! What's the best piece of advice you've been given? The best piece of advice was given to me by my aunt, which states..."Variety is the Spice of Life." I apply this specifically to my dreamcatchers and all my artwork.
What type of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have? The routine I follow everyday is Kundalini Yoga, which opens my third eye and inspires me to create.
What would you say has been your most memorable piece? My most memorable piece was a batik I made in high school. I won the gold key for the city of Miami Beach and was handed to me by a famous actress at that time, Debbie Reynolds.
Ah yes...The fabulous Debbie Reynolds! What an honor that must have been for you!
Would you mind sharing with us a story about an experience involving your work? I had once painted this huge five foot tall heart at a time when I was broken hearted, at the end of my creation I was very dissatisfied and decided to tear up the canvas and went outside & threw it in the garbage. Ten minutes later my youngest daughter came inside the house with the torn up canvas in hand, upset and rambling....asking "Why'd you tear up the heart painting?!?!" And in the same sentence asked if I could "Please put it back together again??" Eventually, I ended up sewing the five foot heart back together again. It was a very healing experience.
I bet it was! It's always fascinating to learn what fuels each artist. What would you say you love to read, listen to or look at to find inspiration? I love to read non- fiction books, specifically, biographies. I love listening to The Beatles, Santana, Boz Scaggs, and Sting. My inspiration comes from biographies...I love learning about the human psyche and reading about their motivating force.
Can you tell us about your process? I like to start off by gathering my materials. Based on the selected materials the piece starts to form itself. I then start to tweak and play with different designs, ultimately leading to the final product.
Do you have a motto? My motto as an artist is staying true to my free spirit.
What three (3) things never fail to bring you pleasure? Morning meditation, eating sweets and being purposeful.
What risks have you taken in your work, and what has been at stake? I'd have to say changing my identity as an artist & finding new meaning in creations.
Have you had to make sacrifices in order to live your life as an artist? Do you encounter misconceptions about that life or choice? I haven't made any sacrifices that would alter my process. I've always been fully committed to my calling of living as an artist & staying true to myself.
What do you think is the function of art in society? The function of art in society is to share the colors of your life and make a statement about your spirit allowing your self expression to shine through.
Is there something you are currently working on, or are excited about starting that you can tell us about? I'm currently working on incorporating metallic elements into my wall hangings. I'm very excited about it!
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MARLYN VISIT HER PAGE HERE!