Marina’s journey from the little girl drawing on her parents’ walls to the complex, exciting life she enjoys today is one that is almost mythic in its scope. I feel that is because Marina is sensitive to the possibility of myth in our daily lives. She believes in it, and because she believes in it, she finds it — for herself and for us, her friends and fans. Marina is a remarkable artist, who has cut a unique path through the many mediums in which she has worked. Her technical prowess has increased through the years, and her paintings now are on a very high level.
I wish to end this meditation on the work and life of my friend with three quotations. The first is by the artist herself:
My art comes from not really defining and being able to make my own resume of whatever I am seeing, not telling myself exactly what I am seeing. I don’t want to know very clearly what I see. I want to be able to dream its clarity. I have the elements, and I want to make my own clarity of it. It can be about the moment right now or not. Are you looking at it in reality? Are you looking at it in a dream? Is something going to happen? Did it happen? For me, those are the important elements of it.
The second comes from a short note written to Marina by her good friend, the artist Niki de St. Phalle:
“What will visibly remain when we are gone?
The chairs we sat in?
The table in which we sat
drinking Ouzo that day
when the light enveloped us?”
And the last quote comes across the eternal waters of the Aegean, where the poetry of Hesiod feels like it was composed yesterday. This is from the poetry of George Seferis, the Greek poet who won the Nobel prize for literature and was much admired by Eliot. He could be speaking of my friend:
“Again with the spring
She wore light colours
With a weightless walking
Again with the spring
Again with the summer
She was smiling. ”