MARIE HOGAN nee PLUT
The paintings of Marie Hogan are highlighted with generous colour and display interesting results which are achieved with drawing and detailed line and colour. Aspects of Nature feature with a decorativeness which carries different messages. The undertone of her works are intertwined with the play of light and shadow, good and evil, innocence and youth and the whirlwind of adulthood.
Alenka Černelič Krošelj, Lecturer of Art History, Ethnologist and Cultural Anthropologist
Marie was born in Ferntree Gully Victoria, 1969
Employment: Current – Visual Arts Teacher, Oakhill College, Castle Hill, NSW
Professional Art Training: Master of Education, Melbourne University, 2006
Master of Visual and Performing Arts, Charles Sturt University, NSW, 1998
Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies, Deakin University, VIC, 1999
Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) Latrobe University, VIC, 1990
Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art, Latrobe University, VIC, 1989
2004 Teachers @ Work 2004, Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW.
2004 Australian- Slovenian Golden Jubilee Art Exhibition Australian Slovenian Social and Sporting Association Melbourne Inc., Research, VIC
Talls 2000 and 2001, Waywood Art and Framing, Byron Bay, NSW
Smalls 1999 Waywood Art and Framing, Byron Bay, NSW
Wintersun 1999, Club Banora, Banora Point
Contemporary Artists 1999, Tweed Art and Framing, Tweed Heads, NSW
In Your Dreams 1998, Waywood Art and Framing, Byron Bay, NSW
Club Banora - Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, Banora Point NSW
Bridge – Cultural Exhibition 1996, Slovenia, Italy, Austria
Mildura Arts Festival 1993, Commodore Motor Inn Mildura VIC
Shadows 1992, Petronella’s Inn of Art Gallery, Mildura VIC
“Art, like music, makes me feel alive. I enjoy art making and seeing other people create beautiful artworks. I am constantly inspired by things around me, architecture, biblical events and people. Art is in everything we look at and I like reinterpreting what I see to create new meaning for me. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to create as much artwork as I would like, but I hope that time will soon come.
Important to me was being able to take photographs. Paint has been part of my life since secondary school, when I studied it in my senior years. One compliments the other and captures the essence of the moment in different ways.
There are many artists who have inspired me in my art making; my work doesn’t reflect the Australian Impressionists or that of John Olsen, Leonard French or Margaret Preston but I am constantly drawn to their artworks. Be it the texture, use of colour and or composition, I find myself in awe of their ability to capture their environment.
Creating art has revealed that there are many layers to every aspect of what we do and who we are. In paint I work with thin layers built up. Nothing is transparent or totally opaque. It is who I am, I feel that not every detail about me needs to be revealed but it’s all there if you look close enough.
I mainly work with synthetic polymer paint and embroidery threads. I enjoy working with graphite and combining dry mediums when I draw. Ink is becoming a favourite. I think teaching enables me to keep experimenting with different mediums and I often create artworks based on what I may be teaching at the time. I get inspired by the moment, the theme and medium that we are focusing on. Digital photography regularly plays a large role and best suits my purpose in my art making practice.
It is generally the process which sees my work evolve from its original idea. The effects and outcomes may vary, enabling me to continue to experiment and produce the next stage of my artistic journey. Motivation is certainly something that has shown me direction and change, mainly because I seek it out and enjoy trying something new and building on things I have tried in the past.
The people and personalities that appear in my artwork come from my Slovenian heritage. Some are more obvious than others. It is through the expressions and emotions that show some of that influence. Subliminal symbols appear in my artwork that is representative of the cultural environment I have grown up in.”