About the artist
Marianne Haugland skillfully plays with light and shadow. Her silent but meaningful images captivate the viewer. To express her thoughts, feelings and fantasies she uses the canvas as a stage to pass the charcoal and 24 carat gold leaf on it. The portrayed figures and creatures embody human vulnerability, infirmity, alienation, kindness, fragility and ferocity, lust and attachment. Haugland finds her inspiration from everyday life itself, from her experiences and travels at a young age to the present day. Her paintings tell their little stories. Sometimes an autobiographical reference is seen there which shows the desire for life. They also refer to exemplary, dreamlike, mystical, imaginative and idiosyncratic symbols. Haugland builds bridges between yesterday and today, between the viewer and her image, between the dream-like and the real. Her scenic mysterious style invites you to linger. Marinanne Haugland has learned from different cultures, in Africa from the Massai and the Kikuyo, in Australia from the Aborigines and many others. She has painted for over 40 years. She now lives and works in Hamburg.