Ma­rina A,

25, Vis­ual Artist @mrn.a

CLEO (Singapore) - - DEAR SINGAPORE -

“I’ve al­ways loved art, I just never thought I’d end up mak­ing a liv­ing off it,” says Ma­rina A, who’s best known for her sig­na­ture psy­che­delic illustrations that bear mo­tifs of women and ser­pents.

She re­mem­bers look­ing through some art­work with her brother years ago, and jok­ingly said she could do the same too. Soon af­ter, she sub­mit­ted an art­work to Noise Sin­ga­pore, a plat­form ded­i­cated to de­vel­op­ing young artists, and was of­fered a men­tor­ship and the op­por­tu­nity for her work to be fea­tured in an ex­hi­bi­tion. She hasn’t looked back since.

On top of art ex­hi­bi­tions, her colour­ful works have also ap­peared on al­bum cov­ers for lo­cal bands. She’s also pro­vided art direc­tion for the mu­sic videos of acts like Disco Hue and Jas­mine Sokko. What she’s in­spired by: “I love read­ing about Greek mythol­ogy and god­desses, so I’m very much in­spired by that. And I like the sym­bol­ism of women and ser­pents. There are so many things I can draw from that.” On be­ing an artist in Sin­ga­pore: “It’s not easy! There were a lot of times when I look at my bank ac­count and think ‘I’m go­ing to die this month.’ It’s very hard to make a liv­ing off your art if you don’t have a mar­ket or a cu­ra­tor buy­ing your stuff. You also re­ally have to keep up with the scene here, and make sure that what you’re do­ing is dif­fer­ent. I know that [my brand will] die down if I don’t evolve.”

Fac­ing her bul­lies: “I used to be bul­lied in school, and when they learnt that I wanted to be an artist… well, the com­ments I got weren’t very kind. It put me in a re­ally dark place then. I still get peo­ple say­ing some not so nice things about my work. But I re­alised that at the end of the day, there’s al­ways go­ing to be such com­ments. You just need to re­mem­ber that you’ll also have a bunch of peo­ple who re­ally love your art­work.”

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