Marijke Bouchier is an illustrator and interdisciplinary artist, originally from New Zealand, now based in Toronto, Ontario. After graduating from her BFA at Massey University, Wellington (NZ), Marijke relocated to Montreal in 2007 to complete her MFA at Concordia University. Over the years Marijke has moved fluidly between a variety of mediums, such as performance, video, sound, writing, sculpture, painting, and drawing, but now focuses most notably on painting, drawing, and illustration. She is passionate about art and image making, and loves the challenge of exploring form, composition, humour, and meaning in her work.
The WALLPAPERS are an ongoing series of paintings that explore of the strange nature of pattern and replication by superficially mimicking some of the formalities of repetition and mass production, but disregarding any actual pattern structure. Each painting utilizes a grid-like layout, but contrasts this with an intentional randomness and asymmetry, and select disruptive elements. From afar it’s uniform nature seems apparent, but upon closer inspection the treads of order begin to unravel, and the many small, but noticeable, inconsistencies begin to reveal themselves.
The motif of these new creations is inspired but a surrealist painting by Salvador Dali, of a dusky nigh time desert, where a giraffe on fire walks languidly toward the mountains. This painting has always felt dark and mystical to me and the notion of a flame-retardant animal was too intriguing not to explore further! My love of color and humor is always leading me to surprising new visual concoctions, and the playful chaos of Surrealism is a constant inspiration in these works.
The WALLPAPERS have been part of my art practice in some form or another for almost a decade, and while the specifics of the motifs are always changing, the essential conflict of uniformity and disorder remain, and invite your eyes to wander aimlessly.
SEXUAL FRUIT is a new painting & illustration project that celebrates sexuality, colour, and play.
While addressing female sexuality, especially self-pleasure, can be an uncomfortable subject for some. That very discomfort is what makes this project, and the larger conversation it is a part of, so important.
Historically women have almost exclusively been depicted as the object of sexual desire - specifically the object of male desire - but rarely as it’s subject and/or provocateur. And even now, depictions of female “desire” in contemporary mainstream media are most often just distortions of the male gaze, and do not in reality capture much of the true nature of female sexuality.
These works, though light, colorful, and playful in nature, are an earnest attempt to normalize female sexuality, and include women in a larger discussion around sex, sexual identity and desire. It’s a conversation we’ve been excluded from for much too long.
The playful fruity content is intended to both spark conversation and laughter, and celebrate self love - and will hopefully find a wide and receptive audience.
Marijke loves drawing and painting the things that you love! Custom portraits are available for between $180 - $300 (approx.) depending on exact size and content. Please e-mail email@example.com anytime for an exact quote.
The Nookie - 827 College Street, Toronto, ON Canada
Elephant in the Attic - 1596 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON Canada
O's Clothes -
INSTA - @marijkebouchier