Polish-born, USA/Maine based abstract artist, Marta Spendowska is mostly known for her Wetlands and Bloomland series, depicting abstracted flora and water.
Since her arrival in the United States in 2005, Marta has worked with a wide range of art collectors, consultants, galleries, fashion and beauty brands, and interior designers. In her current body of work, Marta depicts the colors, rhythms, patterns, and atmospheres of sea lands (Polish Bałtyk Sea and Coast of Maine) and petals with unusual energy. There is certain melancholyly she’s after.
Her paintings were included in the 2014 Biennial at the Museum of Wisconsin Art and she has been exhibiting her work at a variety of venues throughout Wisconsin since 2012; additionally & recently, she was part of a four-person show at Elliott Fouts Gallery, in Sacramento, CA. Articles and interviews featuring Marta and her work have been published in books such as the Directory of Illustration, and How to Style Your Brand, and numerous magazines including Oprah Magazine, Domino Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, Communication Arts Magazine, and more.
“As an artist, I am at the mercy of beauty and spirituality which I have come to recognize as twin sisters. They are the strongest influences and have become the biggest motivators in my daily life—like my morning coffee—they trigger my energy and allow it flow freely. By learning from my experiences, I have become the unique author of what I know. And so I paint what I know.
I choose to work with specific water-based materials: watercolor, acrylic paint, or ink. Water media is my preferred medium because it is immediately responsive; it reminds me that life does not allow for “do overs.” The only certain thing is here, now. The fluidity of my materials allows me to be spontaneous, with no plan or obligation other than to react to what is happening with this paper, that brush, this moment.
This intuitive process of painting helps me delve into intangible, hidden, heart-felt places—something akin to painting as prayer. My unwavering interest in the unseen, whether magic or psychic phenomena, guides me to create, to destroy and, ultimately, mend. I let the paint leak, gather, and pool until imagery emerges—a mountain or a cave or a flower’s bloom. The movement between the paint and me, hovering, is like dancing with the ghosts of every person and each thing that has ever mattered to me. When I paint I gather all my amulets and channel them into my art. What I feel in my heart becomes visible and tangible.”