Five questions to Marte Heitmann

Five questions to Marte Heitmann

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Marte Heitmann is a Norwegian abstract artist born in Bodø and currently based in Oslo. Her artistic journey began as a way of disconnecting from the hectic everyday life, letting time and space disappear, and moved on to becoming a larger part of her career.

How did you get into art? 

I have always loved painting as a way of nurturing my introverted side, and until recently that was what painting was about. Now I also find joy in sharing my art and challenging myself in testing out new techniques and styles with my customers and creative friends. 

How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?

My style is abstract expressionism. What I love about this style is that it allows for both rules and order, but more importantly breaking them. My work is influenced by a variety of different techniques and tools, and I implement new tools and techniques for each project that I am working on. Or reducing them, for my latest project I am reducing my tools so simply one tube of paint and one brush- allowing for a different type of creativity. 

How do you go about developing your work?

I usually spend quite a while letting myself inspire by other artist or works of art, both within and outside painting. Composition in nature and the mood from music can be great sources of inspiration. When I first start painting I let go of all expectations and simply let the work evolve as I go. I find that the paintings where I try less and simply do become the most interesting.

Who or what influences you?

I am inspired by the work of Celia Lees, Kayla Kleine, Joy Kinna and Kim Rose. I am also often inspired by music, descriptions in books or poems, and the beauty I find in the everyday experiences. 

Make us curious. What are you planning to do next?

I am currently shifting my style towards more natural tones and softer expressions. Drawing inspiration from the softness of allowing oneself to rest, heal, reset and recharge. Finding inspiration in nature, in silence and in the comfort of japandi. 

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