Marina Roca Die, Catch the Hole, oil, thread, string and needle on fabric, 65 x 65 cm

Spanish, b. 1988, playing from Berlin, Germany

Marina Roca Die, born in 1988 in Madrid, is a visual artist primarily working with painting and drawing, often combining this with materials such as sewed textile and string.

She has studied Sculpture at La Palma School of Art, Art courses at Universidad Complutense de Madrid as well as Artistic Anatomy Drawing at Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. She studied for 4 years Contemporary Art focused on Painting in Estudio Arjona, where she won a merit Scholarship in Drawing. Marina currently lives and works in Berlin.

(Special Thanks to: Guillermo Gineste and Christopher Duncan)

Thoughts on the Telephone process

I've spent literally half of the time trying to figure out how to go from a given work to my own language. I tried to avoid a description of the preceding work or too literal interpretation. Starting from a poem, the easiest development would have been an illustrative work, but that's not the approach I wanted to explore. Besides, the poem by Pamela Hart suggests a landscape, which is not the field I'm used to at all. At first I thought about forcing myself to paint something more landscape related, but I realized that the idea of the project Telephone is how artists identities collide one followed the other and how the message is translated, not reproduced. So it made more sense to bring the given work close to myself, instead of me getting close to the given work. At the end my approach to the poem is mostly conceptual. It's less visual than I thought it was going to be, because I just feel personally closer to the core message rather than the meaning of each word.

Poetry by Pamela Hart
South Salem
New York