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8 Questions With Contemporary Aboriginal Artist Lou Martin

There’s something magical about Lou Martin‘s art work.

Since discovering her instagram one night, our appreciation for her stunning creations has only grown.

As a contemporary Aboriginal artist and Wiradjuri woman, Lou’s work encapsulates the power of sisterhood, her culture, the stunning Australian landscape, pastel colours and the importance of spreading love and kindness everywhere, even when the world can feel a little heavy.

And we are all about it.

We reached out to Lou and asked her 8 questions about her art work, creative processes and biggest influences. Take a read below.

You’re a contemporary Aboriginal artist and Wiradjuri woman, what does this mean for you?

“I am a proud Wiradjuri woman, however am of English descent also. My work is contemporary Aboriginal art which, for me, means that although there is traditional symbolism and meaning, I don’t paint Dreaming stories.”

How does your family and culture inspire and influence your art?

“I am significantly influenced by my culture, family and my surroundings. Although I am originally from rural NSW, I am also lucky to call Queensland’s Sunshine Coast home, so landscape-wise, I have the best of both worlds.

“I am a mother and a wife, and I have 3 incredible sisters whom I take inspiration from daily.”

How would you describe your artistic style?

“My artistic style is contemporary, both in subject and composition. I use traditional symbols, but I put my spin on them also. My colour choices are non-traditional a lot of the time too.”

What is your favorite colour to paint with?

“My favourite colour to paint with changes daily. I love pastels; pinks, blues and muted tones, however at the moment I am crushing on pinks, browns, oranges. That could change tomorrow though!”

What in nature inspires you the most?

“There is so much in nature that inspires me. I’m from red earth and river people and feel a deep connection to country there, so that’s where I’m most comfortable. I’m also really lucky to live near the ocean.

“It’s impossible to take daily walks by the beach and not draw inspiration from the sand, the changing colours of the ocean, the way it makes you feel.

“The change in season is also a source of inspiration for me – the rain, the renewal of the warmer months.”

What is your favourite piece of art work that you have ever created?

“I have a piece called Miimi (Sister) that has been my favourite – I adore my sisters and my close girlfriends who are like sisters.

“Just the sentiment of sisterhood and helping each other rise.”

“I’m currently working on a new piece though that is going to be an even favourite, I think. It’s based on mountains and wildflowers, and I’m really loving it. If this one doesn’t sell, I won’t be upset in the least!”

What is your artistic process? Do you plan for months or are you inspired on a whim?

“My artistic process always starts with either subject matter or colour palette. I could see a couple of flowers together and instantly know I have to use those colours together, or see the colours in the ocean and have to use those together.

“I have a series called β€˜Marrumbang’ (love and kindness) that I painted when I felt like the world was falling apart. The news was full of conflict, rioting, then covid struck and there were more riots. I felt like there was so much ugliness outside my door that I needed to return love and kindness back into my home.”

We love your recent piece β€˜One Moon One Sun’ – can you describe what this piece means for you?

“One Moon One Sun came about after talking to my youngest about our times travelling (it feels like a distant memory now!).

“We were talking about how it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, what your nationality is, what your beliefs are, whether you are standing on a beach, or in the desert, or rainforest – all in different countries, we all look up to the same sun and the same moon.

“The universe is so much bigger than we are, how insignificant we may be as individuals, but our impact collectively as humans can be huge, particularly on the environment.

We are all part of the human race, and we can do better towards each other and our surroundings.

We cant wait to see Lou’s new piece based on mountains and wildflowers. Watch this space.

If you want to follow Lou’s Instagram filled with positivity and dreamy artwork, you can here.

You can also find more information about her art work here.


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