I make art out of the stuff I wear on my sleeves.
Black Swans and Elephants...
Almost half a decade ago, Issha Marie made the move to Vancouver from Toronto... for a Great Love.
That Great Love is no longer, but she lingers 'round the west coast in the hopes that she can make enough of a dent here before she decides to relocate... whenever that'll be... if even.
Issha Marie is a visual artist, who also works as a professional food and lifestyle photographer. She graduated from the University of Toronto in the summer of 2008, where she earned her Honours B.A. in English Literature and Visual Studies. Her work is usually characterized by her use of layers, filters, textures, and saturated colours. Much of her technique is inspired by the illustrious Dave Mckean, who is best known for his photo collages in Neil Gaiman‘s Sandman covers.
Her stylistic approaches to her digital manipulation and photography can be attributed to the influence of a few key artists, all of whom she continues to draw inspiration from: the hauntingly dark and whimsical photographs of Francesca Woodman, Gregory Crewdson, Robert Parke-Harrison, Alexey Titarenko, Roger Ballen, Hideo Suzuki, and Kamil Vojnar; the shadow boxes of Joseph Cornell; Louise Bourgeois‘ Cells; the mind-blowing works of Ernst and Dali. Each of these artists' pieces are filled with sentiment, trauma, memory, and nostalgia, allowing the observer access into their individual psychological and emotional states. These artists continue to play an important role in her conceptual and artistic development.