With this newest series of work I have been exploring the relationship between sculptural form and its embellishment. This is not unusual for me, but in the past I have resisted the urge to fully explore this interest. I have always been fascinated with the visual language of mark – making throughout millennia – and its complexity, variety, and pervasiveness across all cultures.
This timeless preoccupation with the endless expressive possibilities of repetitive motifs, and the subsequent effect of positive and negative space, has had a growing influence on my work. I am particularly interested in how a specific motif can conform but also resist the underlying sculptural form, creating a visual tension that enlivens the eye.
Currently residing in Chicago IL,- previously based in Toronto, Ontario - Marianne Lovink has been a professional sculptor since 1984 and has been represented by the Kostuik Gallery since 2000. Her mediums are carved wood, precision cut metal and mixed media. Lovink has exhibited her work extensively in public, non-profit, and commercial galleries and has been the recipient of numerous municipal, provincial and federal arts council grants. Lovink is a member of the Philadelphia Sculptor’s Society and Associate Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and has recently completed several large-scale site-specific Public Art projects in both Toronto and Philadelphia. Her work is represented in both public and private collections, including those of The Canadian Consulate, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Osler Hoskin and Harcourt; OMERS; City of Richmond Hill; Atlantis Films Canada, and University of Saskatchewan.