Artist in Residence n.14

Welcome to The Loft, please introduce yourself.

My name is Marina Guiu, I’m 26 years old, and I come from Catalonia. I don’t really like to say “I am…”, I prefer to say that thanks to graphic arts and acting I can speak and have my own voice. I work as a freelance illustrator and as a graphic textile designer at Oysho. I love chocolate, the sea, plants, cinema and theatre. I don’t eat animals, and so far I’ve lived in Madrid, in Berlin, and now I live in Barcelona.


What materials do you usually work with and what did you bring today?

I always work with pencil or pen, ever since I was a kid. That gives me precision, focus and concentration. The colour in my work comes from watercolours and ink, giving something more spontaneous, like magic. But today I don’t have them with me. Sometimes you need to leave things on the side to get to the essential. And I’m here now, working on a new series of illustrations; more simple, with the emphasis on the lines and the soft touch of them, maybe i’ll include some colours later. Some blues, pale pinks, greys, whites … I don’t really know now.


Which artist or designer is a source of inspiration for you?

This is difficult for me, because there are a lot of people that inspire me, not only artists… But from my beginnings I was so impressed with Egon Schiele, I love the perversion of it. There are people from the realm of cinema like Godard, Wes Anderson, Julio Medem; from music like my most beloved Sigur Rós, Beirut; from fashion, like Dries Van Noten and lately I’m so impressed with Josep Font, the creative director of Delpozo. But my family, my love, my friends… They are also a source of inspiration to me.


If you could invent a name for an art movement you belong to, what would it be?

That’s weird! Mmm.. I don’t know the name, but I’m pretty sure that it would have something from nature, with organic shapes, cold colors, and words and theatre plays. And it would be something that inspires, touches and moves people, something that could change them. A little at least. Something multi-disciplinary.


What kind of work do you usually make and how was it different today?

I usually draw plants and human anatomy. I like to translate them in my own style. People used to say I draw bordering on weird and a bit ugly but for me they are nice! They are different; and yes, sometimes kind of weirdly shaped, but I think beauty is something more than a pretty perfect face. I like to combine the perfection of nature -because yes, nature is absolutely perfect- and the imperfection of humans. It’s an interesting match. Today was different because it’s so hard for me to focus on work at the beginning, and specially when I’m not at my home. And also being in such an amazing place like the Vaudeville Theatre.  I love to work with natural light, with views, silence. But when I finally got my concentration going it  was so nice and inspiring. Working near the canals and overlooking the rooftops… The time went by so fast. But I’m happy with the results because working far from home gave me a different perspective of the project I’m starting. And I think I have the key to continue with it now.


What will you tell your friends about The Loft?

My friends saw the photos on the website and they were freaking out for hours. So I’ll tell them to work hard to have such a beautiful place like yours. And to all the creatives out there: send your portfolios, spend a day here since it’s a great change to get your mind away from your busy days and work in peace.


See more of Marina’s work here.

All pictures by Myscha Oreo.