Tonie van Marle
About my work
Over the years I have developed a predilection in my work for structures, inspired by the formal language from the microscopic world of cell biology, archaeology and science. After series of glass constructions, installations, pastel drawings and memory projects, the emphasis in my work is now on drawings cut out with precision knives, in layers on top of each other and next to each other, producing a 3-D effect. These layers are made up of contrasting shapes and structures that enter into a dialogue with each other. This interaction is an essential part of the work: the final form of the work is not necessarily fixed and by combining the layers a new image, a new interpretation, a new possibility is created, without affecting the integrity of the image. The sum is greater than the individual parts.